Exploring Art… Encaustic Painting

Encaustic wax painting (aka hot wax painting) has been around for centuries. The word encaustic means to “burn in” in Greek. It was used by the Greeks in 5th century B.C. for weatherproofing ships, the Egyptians in 1st century a.d. for mummy portraits, and by indigenous tribe of Samar in the 17th century. Encaustic has had a resurgence of popularity since the 1990s.

Encaustic painting involves using heated beeswax, damar resin, and pigment and applying the mixture onto a rigid surface. Each layer can be fused with a variety of fusing tools, creating different effects. The surface can be polished, molded, sculpted, textured, or combined with other elements.

As long as the painting is kept out of direct sun or exposed to excessive heat it will not deteriorate. Beeswax is impervious to moisture and will not yellow or darken with age. Encaustic paintings do not need to be varnished or protected under glass.

Below are some wonderful original works of encaustic art. As with all of my featured art/artists these are pieces I would purchase for myself or as a gift.

  • Red by Eileen Brand Hedley

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One Response to “Exploring Art… Encaustic Painting”

  1. thanks for including my encaustic piece and for introducing me to a few artists whose work i was not familiar with. this is an inspiring collection which really showcases the depth and range possible with encaustics : ) happy monday!

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