Encaustic Wax Painting Blog

Welcome, this is a collaborative blog, a place for artists to come together and share their passion for encaustic painting.

What is Encaustic?

Encaustic is the name for both a painting medium of wax and a painting process involving heat to apply and fuse the medium. The name Encaustic comes from the greek enkaustikos which means to burn in. Heat is used throughout the encaustic painting process.

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

Encaustic and Soft Pastels

Encaustic and Soft Pastels

My Encaustic painting, Station to Station, 18" x 24", is an example of the effect achieved by combining pastels (not oil!), used before the Encaustic medium is applied. This mixed media piece shows yet another reason to love Encaustic! Using Soft Pastels (not oil) before Encaustic medium is applied: First, apply Encaustic gesso (R&F makes an excellent one) on your substrate, once it is dry, you can draw with pastel (the soft, chalky pastels - NOT oil pastels). Then you can paint with Encaustic medium and add more Encaustic colours! In addition to using soft pastels, you ...
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photo transfer

Encaustic Photo Transfer Method | A Step-by-Step Image Transfer Tutorial

I've taken five encaustic workshops with Andrea Bird and, in each class, there is always someone who hasn't learned this technique. Everyone has the same wonderful reaction as the paper comes away from the wax and the ink is left behind. Tips for successful encaustic photo transfer: use images with a high level of contrast ensure the images you're using are toner based - from a photocopy machine, a laser printer or a magazine. Ink jet printers won't give you good results for a complete transfer make sure the wax surface is smooth - a transfer over ...
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10 Toronto Encaustic Artists at The Artist Project

10 Toronto Encaustic Artists at The Artist Project

The Artist Project Toronto 2011 Two hundred artists fill the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place this weekend (March 3-6 2011) for Toronto's annual event, The Artist Project. Now in its fourth year, the Artist Project features a wide range of mediums, including installations and video art, as well as art chats and docent-led tours. I first heard about The Artist Project last year from artist Andrea Bird. Andrea was displaying encaustic art at a booth she was sharing with other artists from the Propeller Gallery. So much art under one roof! Definitely, an event I want ...
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Colored Gesso Holy Grail Underpainting

Holy Grail colored gesso | Create an Underpainting for Encaustic

Colored Gesso for Encaustic Painting So you think you know and love Holy Grail, the first gesso made for encaustic painting?  Well look again - there are over a dozen colors now and artists are having a field day using them straight, tinting them with the white, and mixing them with each other. Colors were introduced in a 6 ounce jar but are now available in 16 ounces at a lower per-ounce cost.  If you want a specific color, email Hylla Evans and it can be made for you usually within a day. How to use Encaustic ...
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Fayum funeral portraits

The History of Encaustic Painting from Fayum Funeral Portraits to Today

Encaustic Painting . . . from The Artist's Handbook by Ralph Mayer Encaustic is a beeswax-based paint that is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to a surface and reheated to fuse the paint into a uniform enamel-like finish. The word encaustic comes from Greek and means to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. Encaustic has a long history, but it is as versatile as any 20th-century medium. It can be polished to a high gloss, it can be modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with collage materials. It cools ...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Encaustic art

How to do Encaustic Painting | Frequently Asked Questions

Help for Beginners who want to learn how to do Encaustic Painting If you want to learn how to do Encaustic Painting you're in the right place! Welcome. All Things Encaustic is a collaborative blog for artists working with encaustic.  If you're just beginning to paint with Encaustic medium start here. If your question isn't covered here, review our blog posts or add a comment at the bottom of the post and we will be happy to respond. Click on a question below to expand and view the answer. If your question about how to do Encaustic Painting wasn't covered ...
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