Here are the answers to some of my most Frequently Asked Questions. If you have other questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.
What is Encaustic Art?
Encaustic is a wax based medium, composed of beeswax and damar resin, which is kept in a liquid form on a heat source. After applying on to a porous surface, the encaustic medium is then fused with heat to create a bond. It is a multi-step process, which requires careful set up that includes proper ventilation and safety precautions.
Beautiful effects can be achieved when combining pigment sticks, oil paints, pan pastels and other mediums with encaustic. One may create a painting in the traditional sense, or use this technique with photographs, collage, tissue papers, transfers, etc. The possibilities are endless!
The word encaustic originates from the Greek word enkaustikos, which means to burn in. Earlier use of encaustics was found in ancient Greece, where ship hulls were waterproofed with beeswax and tinted with brightly colored pigments. It was used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300 AD.