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What is Encaustic Painting?

Encaustic is a waxed-based medium, that consists of beeswax and damar resin, a natural tree sap. The encaustic painting process involves heat at every stage of the process to apply and fuse the medium. The name Encaustic comes from the greek enkaustikos which means to burn-in.

Here you’ll learn about encaustic painting techniques & tools. Whether you’re a beginner learning to paint with encaustic or an experienced artist, I invite you to add your comments to share your knowledge and inspiration about art and All Things Encaustic.

Encaustic Wax Painting Tips, Product Reviews, & Tutorials for Beginners and experienced artists alike

How to create a Shou Sugi Ban Finish for Panel Edges

How to Create a Shou Sugi Ban Finish for Panel Edges

Shou Sugi Ban and Encaustic Painting are a perfect match, they are both are born out of fire. Shou Sugi Ban, also known as Yakisugi, is a traditional Japanese art of preserving and finishing wood using fire. As Encaustic Artists we create works of art by using our torches to fuse Beeswax and Damar to a wooden panel. Why not go the next step and finish your wood cradle with fire also? You'll end up with a chemical-free finish for your work of art that will last for many decades. And, if you create a Shou Sugi ...
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How to use Ephemera in Encaustic Painting

How to use Ephemera in Encaustic Painting

I’ve always loved history. It gives you a sense of where you come from and helps to guide you where you want to go. My first career was as an archivist for a municipal government. I loved looking through historical documents and photos. My job included retrieving and providing access to the original documents for research, delivering school programs, accessioning and organizing new acquisitions to the permanent collection, curating exhibits, along with digitizing parts of the collection. In my career as an artist, this love of history shines through. I incorporate historical photos, books, magazines, maps, and ...
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How to make rusty paper for collage with Amelia Kraemer

How to make Rusty Paper for Collage

Rusting Paper for Collage Adding collage to your encaustic work can lead to really interesting results. Some of the best collage papers are the ones you make yourself. Making rust paper is a bit smelly, but absolutely worth it! Steps-by-Step instructions for Rust dying 1. Gather your supplies A Large plastic tray or similarVinegar in a spray bottle (can dilute with water if needed)Items that will rust, ie. any iron or iron alloy - steel is an iron alloy, but stainless steel will not rust (think: metal objects craftspeople can forge, junkyards, old train yards, washers, nails, ...
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Tinting Encaustic Gesso with Aqua-dispersions from Kama Pigments

Two ways to Tint Encaustic Gesso

Encaustic Gesso is typically used to prime your substrate so that you are beginning with a white ground. But, encaustic gesso doesn't have to be white. In this post, you'll discover two ways to tint encaustic gesso. Underpainting with Encaustic Gesso In 2011, Hylla Evans introduced us to Using Coloured Gesso for Encaustic Underpainting. Underpainting allows you to map out your painting composition before you add wax layers. Make your own encaustic gesso In her post, Testing Suitable Encaustic Grounds using the Freezer Test, Amie Brand provides her recipe for making your own encaustic gesso. 2 part ...
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The power of differences to make your art stronger

The power of differences to make your art stronger

The information in this post comes from Nicholas Wilton's Creative Visionary Program and is published with permission. Vive la différence! Nicholas Wilton, the founder of Art2Life and the Creative Visionary Program (CVP), talks a lot about the power of differences to make your art stronger. "One of the overarching ideas in this course is differences. How can what we include in our art, not to mention our life, make us feel more alive? Understanding the juxtapositions of opposites in our art will allow us to better exploit and communicate our own particular point of view more powerfully ...
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Colour Mixing: Understanding Colour to make your art stronger - All Things Encaustic

Colour Mixing: A Fresh Approach with Nicholas Wilton

Do you find that you are in the habit of using the same colours all the time? In this post, Nicholas Wilton presents a fresh approach to colour mixing. A couple of years ago I discovered Nicholas Wilton's Art2Life Free Workshop on Facebook. This class helped me understand colour so much more clearly than I ever had before. Understanding Colour to make your art stronger The 5 most important aspects of Colourfrom Nicholas Wilton Value = the lightness and darkness of a colour. The viewer will see the highest value contrast areas in your art first. Value ...
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Beading up?? What to do when the HOTbox plate beads up by Paula Roland

What to do when the HOTbox plate beads up

Beading Up?? Frequently encaustic printmakers ask how to resolve the issue of beading on the HOTbox plate. What is the #1 reason HOTbox plates bead up? The answer is wax. Certain transparent colors of wax are of a chemical nature that causes the wax to separate on the plate, i.e. Green Gold or Indian Yellow, synthetic pigments, etc. Wax used for cleaning that is not fully removed from the plate and possibly begins to permeate the plate or at least build up on the plate over time.Adding wax or medium to your plate while printing will increase ...
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