Care of an
There are many examples of encaustic painting which have
survived from ancient Greek and Roman times and which are as vibrant and fresh
as if they were painted yesterday. However there are some things to be aware of
when caring for an them painting.
An encaustic painting will develop “bloom” (a naturally occurring hazy white
residue) during the first six to twelve months of life as the wax cures. It may
also occur if a painting is exposed to cold. Bloom can easily be removed by
wiping the surface of the painting VERY GENTLY with a soft cotton lint-free
cloth. Buffing SOFTLY can be repeated as necessary throughout the life of the
painting to maintain luminosity. That is all the cleaning that is required. Do
not use chemical cleaners on your artwork.
As with all art forms, encaustic paintings should not be exposed to direct sun
light or extreme temperatures – they do best in temperatures between 40 and 90
degrees F. Beyond that, paint will become very soft and will start the melting
Be aware that the surface of an encaustic painting can get scratched, dented or
chipped. The edges of encaustic paintings are especially vulnerable to
chipping. If this occurs, contact the artist for direction.
Framing is usually not necessary as encaustics are usually done on ridged
surfaces suitable for hanging. If needed, a floating frame is good protection
for the edges of your painting. it is the best option for a framing
presentation as it protects the sides and still allows the edges to be viewed.
Encaustic paintings do not need to be varnished or protected by glass. Glass is