What is Encaustic Painting?
At their basic level, encaustics are paints made from pigment and/or oil paint,
melted beeswax and damar resin. After application, the paint is immediately dry
but has to be fixed by heat/flame. Encaustic paintings are durable and
archival, due in great part to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture
and insect resistant. Because of this, although they can dent and scratch, encaustic
paintings will not yellow or darken with time unlike oil paintings. There are
many examples of encaustic paintings that have survived from ancient Greek and
Roman times. They are as vibrant
and fresh as if they were painted yesterday.
is quite a learning curve before one can begin to create in encaustics and,
even then, the paint can have it's own agenda. It’s worth the effort, though,
as the luminosity of an encaustic work is unmatched in the art world. Uniquely, encaustic paints emit the
aroma of bees, honey and nature that it nonpareil.