5th Annual Encaustic Exhibition
5216 N. Damen,
Chicago, IL 60625
Dates: August 5th – September 3rd, 2016
Entry Deadline: July 17th, 2016
Opening Reception: August 5th, 2016, 6pm – 10pm
Jurors: Kathleen Waterloo and Kathy Blankley Roman
About the Exhibition:
The exhibit is open to artists in the U.S.… Read More →
You can purchase premade encaustic medium or you can make your own. Many artists buy the raw materials and make their own.
What’s the difference between beeswax and encaustic medium?
Encaustic medium is made with filtered beeswax and damar resin crystals. Synthetic waxes are commercially available, but beeswax is the type of wax that is traditionally used for encaustic art.… Read More →
To frame or not to frame?
Historically, an unframed painting was considered incomplete. Frames were used to enhance the work, separate it from the wall, and add additional support by preventing the stretchers and canvases from warping. We’ve all seen those HUGE ornate gilded frames in museums.… Read More →
As would happen to most artists, I found myself continually staring at a piece I’d created several months ago that didn’t seem to hit the mark.
There were aspects I liked about it, but overall it seemed to me to be just too much of the same thing going on all over the painting.… Read More →
The topic of substrates and how to prepare them for encaustic art is often confusing for beginners.
Choosing a substrate for Encaustic art
When choosing a substrate, make sure it is of a porous material—usually a wood panel. Most beginning photo encaustic artists choose any number of manufactured boards, either flat or cradled—it does not matter.… Read More →
My first reaction when I heard about cold wax encaustic was, “well if it isn’t heated then is it encaustic?”.
Cold wax encaustic medium is used at room temperature, whereas traditional encaustic painting uses melted encaustic medium. The name encaustic literally means “to burn”, does that mean that the technique (fusing) not the material (beeswax) is what makes it “encaustic”?… Read More →