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Ruth Maude

I enjoy experimenting with a variety of encaustic materials, techniques and tools. Everything I learn pushes my creative journey in new directions. I share what I've learned with other artists through my blog All Things Encaustic.

Yes, You Can Paint with Encaustic on Plexiglass

Yes, You Can Paint with Encaustic on Plexiglass

When Encaustic is painted on Plexiglass, the beauty of translucent wax and the transparency of plexiglass combine to create luminous works. When I first heard about painting on plexiglass with encaustic I was sceptical. We always say that encaustic needs an absorbent surface to adhere properly and Plexiglass is not absorbent. But there are many …

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Tinting Encaustic Gesso with Aqua-dispersions from Kama Pigments

Two ways to Tint Encaustic Gesso

Encaustic Gesso is typically used to prime your substrate so that you are beginning with a white ground. But, encaustic gesso doesn’t have to be white. In this post, you’ll discover two ways to tint encaustic gesso. Underpainting with Encaustic Gesso In 2011, Hylla Evans introduced us to Using Coloured Gesso for Encaustic Underpainting. Underpainting …

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The power of differences to make your art stronger

The power of differences to make your art stronger

The information in this post comes from Nicholas Wilton’s Creative Visionary Program and is published with permission. Vive la différence! Nicholas Wilton, the founder of Art2Life and the Creative Visionary Program (CVP), talks a lot about the power of differences to make your art stronger. “One of the overarching ideas in this course is differences. …

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Fire Safety in the Encaustic Studio - Hands using a butane torch to fuse a painting

Fire Safety in the Encaustic Studio

DISCLAIMER Do your own research, I am not a fire safety expert. Carefully review the manufacturer’s operational and safety procedures for all equipment and art materials. Ruth Maude (allthingsencaustic.com) expressly disclaims any liability resulting from reliance upon the views or opinions expressed in this blog article and makes no representations, warranties, or claims of any …

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How to reuse was scrapings

How to reuse encaustic scrapings

Scraping is part of the encaustic painting process but this can feel wasteful. What do you do with encaustic scrapings? Believe me I know that you don’t want to throw away all the beautiful encaustic paint that you’ve applied and then scrapped off a panel. Here’s how to ensure that that precious encaustic medium doesn’t …

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Essential Tools for Scraping & Incising All Things Encaustic

Essential Tools for Scraping & Incising into encaustic wax

Clay tools work well for scraping, incising, and gouging into encaustic wax. This post has been in draft for awhile, I was finally spurred on to finish it when this week someone on Facebook asked, “What’s the most used tool you recommend investing in? I am new to this and wondering what type sculpting tools …

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Q&A-Elizabeth-Schowachert Mounting an encaustic monotype to a panel

Mounting an Encaustic Monotype to a Panel

Q&A with Elizabeth Schowachert In this post, artist Elizabeth Schowachert answers questions that I put to her about mounting encaustic monotypes to panels. 1. What are some of the reasons you choose to mount monotypes on panels? I personally like the way the prints look mounted on a 2-inch cradled panel. Mounting flattens out the print, …

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