Encaustic Accretion

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Explorations in Texture

Ruth Maude Profile photo standing in front of encaustic abstract landscape painting

An online course taught by
Ruth Maude
Artist, Blogger, Instructor
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Unlimited access forever
Online at your own pace
Pre-recorded lessons
Chapter markers for easier viewing
English closed captioning
Level: Assumes basic encaustic experience
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Create unique highly textured artwork that blurs the line between painting and sculpture

When it comes to encaustic, we all know that it is easier to create a textured painting than a smooth one. In this course, you’ll discover how to create amazing texture with the encaustic drybrush technique known as accretion. We’ll capitalize on the sculptural qualities inherent in wax and intentionally create paintings with depth and dimension. With this process, you can push the limits of the wax to build up texture—finding new ways to control the medium and playing with patterning.

What will you learn in Encaustic Accretion?

  1. Introduction: Begin by getting to know Ruth a little better as she shares what inspires her.
  2. Materials & Tools: Understand what materials and tools are needed for the course before diving into the projects. Here’s an Amazon Affiliate Shopping List to get you started
  3. Let’s Start Creating Texture!: Get an introduction to the dry brush accretion encaustic painting method. See how the initial surface will affect the accretion layers.
  4. Additive Patterning: Discover several ways to add a raised, controlled, pattern on top of the wax.
  5. Project 1: Square Dance: This accretion painting builds up from an incised geometric line pattern.
  6. Project 2: By The Shore: Watch from start to finish as Ruth creates a textured abstracted landscape painting.
  7. Project 3: Old Growth: What happens if all of your brush strokes are in the same direction?
  8. Project 4: Starlings in Winter: This project starts from a stencil with all of the brushstrokes coming from the outside into the centre.
  9. Final Words

Who is this online course for?

This course is for artists who want to add physical texture to encaustic paintings. This course is aimed at artists who already have basic encaustic painting experience.

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Posted 11 months ago
Wonderful photography, easy to follow instruction and such a wonderful textural media!

Loved the course and have returned to it again and again to refresh, as I experiment with my own works!

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Posted 1 year ago
Great Course

I took Ruth Maude's online accretion course recently and I thoroughly loved it. Ruth is a talented artist and excellent teacher. She carefully instructs students on the beautiful technique of accretion with clear, concise and detailed information and excellent demonstrations. The course is very professionally produced, and I highly recommend it. I promise, you won't be disappointed.

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Posted 1 year ago
Step by step instructions

I am in the middle of the course and very pleased. Very clear instructions and demonstrations. Motivates me to want to give these techniques a try! Great course.....don't think twice, just get it!

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Posted 1 year ago
Great class and lots of fun!

Lessons were easy to follow and to create later. I love this encaustic method - one of my favorites! Appreciate how Ruth shares with us how and why she changed things up. Also, Ruth's voice and manner are very pleasant. Thank you!

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Posted 2 years ago
Relax and enjoy the process

The course was very good, easy to follow and Ruth demonstrated different accretion techniques. Adding a transcript and CC (closed captioning) is great accessibility feature. I am glad that I signed up for this course, it gave me ideas of how to create texture that I actually haven't thought of. Love the encaustic eye dropper.

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Posted 2 years ago
Great technique

Thank you Ruth I loved your course - this technique is amazing and your videos were very helpful and a pleasure to watch. I discovered a new tool - the eye dropper!

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Posted 2 years ago

I enjoyed the whole process and the instruction was done well throughout. I look forward to using this method within my work.

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Posted 2 years ago
Thoroughly learned & enjoyed.

Great variations on the applications. The different uses for heat sources/tools helpful using this painting technique

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