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What is Encaustic Painting?

Encaustic artforms are created using molten, pigmented beeswax. Heat is used 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

An easier encaustic photo transfer: the parchment paper method

An Easier Encaustic Photo Transfer: The Parchment Paper Method

You’re going to wonder why you’ve been doing photo transfer the hard way! The parchment paper photo transfer method means less burnishing and there’s no paper to dissolve so less chance of rubbing too hard and ruining your transfer. How to do a Parchment Paper Encaustic Transfer You’ll want to use a toner-based laser printer. Before you begin, prepare your …

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Castor Wax vs Damar Resin

Comparing Castor Wax & Damar Resin in Encaustic Medium

Damar resin has long been the hardener of choice to combine with beeswax in encaustic medium recipes.  Because of its high melting point, it aids in making a more robust painting than pure beeswax and allows for vigorous buffing over a curing period to bring the work to a shine.  A downside can be that due to its organic nature, …

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Bee Colony Collaboration | Artist Conversation with Ava Roth

This artist conversation features encaustic painter, embroiderer, and mixed-media artist, Ava Roth. I’m happy to chat with Ava about her work and introduce her to all of you. I think it is safe to say that all encaustic painters have a deep respect for bees. I’m sure that you’ll be as excited as I was to learn about Ava Roth’s …

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Make two at least | Work on Multiple Paintings at a Time

Make Two—At least | Work on Multiple Paintings at a Time

The information in this post comes from Nicholas Wilton’s Art2Life and Creative Visionary Programs and is published with permission. A significant shift in art-making for me over the last few years is that I now work on a group of paintings, instead of just one at a time. This process—which I picked up from the Creative Visionary Program with Nicholas …

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Yes, You Can Paint with Encaustic on Plexiglass

Yes, You Can Paint with Encaustic on Plexiglass

When Encaustic is painted on Plexiglass, the beauty of translucent wax and the transparency of plexiglass combine to create luminous works. When I first heard about painting on plexiglass with encaustic I was sceptical. We always say that encaustic needs an absorbent surface to adhere properly and Plexiglass is not absorbent. But there are many examples of artists successfully painting …

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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 …

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