Ruth Maude

I'm an artist from Toronto working in Encaustic. My day-job is as a WordPress web designer, developer and instructor. I started All Things Encaustic to document what I learn and to explore encaustic art.
Encaustic Scrolls | All Things Encaustic | Ruth Maude

Happy New Year! Encaustic Scrolls with Calendar pages

With the turn of a new year, like many others, I take time to reflect on the year that has past and to set goals and to dream for the year ahead. Reflecting on the Past Year This year, instead of sitting down to write out my reflections on 2017, I painted. Encaustic Paper Scrolls… Read more Happy New Year! Encaustic Scrolls with Calendar pages

Encaustic ribbons | Strips of wax tutorial

Encaustic Ribbons | 3-D Strips of Wax

A few people have asked me about a technique that I’ve been using this year. I call it Encaustic Ribbons. I’m sure other encaustic artists have done the same thing before but I hadn’t seen it done anywhere. I stumbled upon this encaustic ribbon technique quite by accident. I took a painting that I wasn’t… Read more Encaustic Ribbons | 3-D Strips of Wax

Encaustic Diptych | Painting on two panels

Encaustic Diptych Workshop Notes: Last weekend I created an encaustic diptych at an abstract-landscape diptych workshop put on by Waxworks Encaustics with artist Dania Al-Obaidi. Here are my notes and additional research and reflections about working on two panels. What is a diptych? A diptych (pronounced “diptik“) is when two panels are used to create one work… Read more Encaustic Diptych | Painting on two panels

Photo Encaustic Tutorial | Painting photographs with wax

Encaustic Photography Tutorial | Painting Photographs

Painting photographs with encaustic opens up another whole world of possibilities! Photographers can take their art to a new level adding more interest and texture to their pictures. “Photographers are increasingly discovering the potential of combining photography and wax. Given the importance of light in photography, it seems a natural marriage, since wax refracts light in… Read more Encaustic Photography Tutorial | Painting Photographs

Encaustic Collage with dried Flowers and Foliage

Encaustic Collage with dried flowers and foliage

Collecting, Pressing, and Organizing Dried Flowers and Foliage for Encaustic Collage Last weekend I shared an encaustic griddle with artist Denise Callaghan. Denise brought with her to the workshop a large binder filled with dried flowers for encaustic collage. Her binder is beautiful—pages and pages of pressed and dried flowers and foliage. Denise kindly gave… Read more Encaustic Collage with dried flowers and foliage

Encaustic Collage | rules and techniques for encaustic mixed media / assemblage

Encaustic and Collage / Mixed Media / Assemblage

Encaustic is an ideal medium for assemblage, mixed media, collage painting. Encaustic wax can both preserve and adhere collage elements to artwork. 5 Rules for Encaustic Collage / Mixed Media / Assemblage Here are five guidelines for adding collage elements to an encaustic painting: Ensure that your ground is rigid and absorbent. Encaustic painting on… Read more Encaustic and Collage / Mixed Media / Assemblage

Exploring Creativity Steal like an Artist, Use Pinterest, Choose your Essential Words

Exploring Creativity | How to Steal Like an Artist without plagiarizing

Unlock your Creativity | Start Copying As I explore creativity in my own life, I have been reading Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creative by Austin Kleon. In this book, Kleon isn’t suggesting that we plagiarize or break the law, but he does give us permission to look at the work of… Read more Exploring Creativity | How to Steal Like an Artist without plagiarizing

introducing encaustiflex

Introducing Encaustiflex

Some time ago I discovered Debbie Lyddon’s Marshscape Collage series on Pinterest. Since then I have often returned to look at Lyddon’s website and blog. I have used fabric as collage in encaustic painting but now I was thinking textile art first. I began looking for a new way to bring together textiles and encaustic wax painting. What is… Read more Introducing Encaustiflex

How to paint with Encaustic

Encaustic Painting Process | How to paint with Encaustic

Before you begin to paint with encaustic, you’ll need to pick-up encaustic art supplies and set-up a studio space. Once you have all the supplies you need in-hand, come back here to learn how to paint with encaustic. 5-step Encaustic Wax Painting Tutorial 1. Select and prepare a substrate Start with a suitable substrate, you may… Read more Encaustic Painting Process | How to paint with Encaustic

6 ways to sign an encaustic painting

How to sign an encaustic painting

When you’ve finished a work of art you will want to sign it. The question of how to sign encaustic art comes up on forums and in Facebook groups often. Here I’ve pulled together some ways I’ve tried or seen other artists use on their encaustic paintings. 6 ways to sign encaustic art 1. Incise into the wax… Read more How to sign an encaustic painting

3 tips for Encaustic painting

3 products for managing your encaustic griddle or palette

Here are three simple products that are terrific for cleaning and organizing your encaustic griddle or palette. 1. Use metal clips for palette cups Metal palette cups used for encaustic painting get hot. But thankfully, metal craft clips allow you to easily move the cups around without burning your fingers. Some artists use binder clips… Read more 3 products for managing your encaustic griddle or palette

How to Gain Creative Confidence - a letter to my younger self

How to Build your Creative Confidence

As I drove to day-two of the “Sinking In” workshop with Andrea Bird, I listened to a TED talk of David Kelley (see below) discussing how to build your creative confidence. He told this story: I remember one day my best friend Brian was working on a project. He was making a horse out of the clay that… Read more How to Build your Creative Confidence