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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

the encaustic iron and heat resistant sponges

Using the Encaustic Iron with Heat-Resistant Sponges

If you're not sure how to use the heat-resistant sponges and scrapies with the encaustic iron: here's a free tutorial with lots of pictures. This slideshow demonstrates various sponge painting techniques including drawing patterns in the wax, stippling, stamping, and dragging. You will also see how to use the rubber tipped scrappy tool to draw in the wax and how to clean your sponges. Use your arrow keys to navigate through the slideshow | Click to view larger Tutorial: Using the Encaustic Iron with Heat-Resistant Sponges: Start with heat-resistant sponges and scrapy texturing tools. cut coarse orange ...
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How to get started with Encaustic Painting | List of Tools & Art Supplies | Encaustic Basics

How to get started with Encaustic Painting | List of Tools & Supplies

Get started with Encaustic Painting If you've been asking yourself, "how do I do encaustic painting?" and now you're ready to get started, this post will help you choose the encaustic supplies and hot wax tools you need to set up your studio. You can also learn a lot more about encaustic painting by reading the other posts in the encaustic beginner's guide. How To Set Up An Encaustic Studio Encaustic is an expensive medium, and you should consider your budget before you begin. If you're ready to jump all in, a full encaustic painting kit is one ...
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Experimenting with Photographs in Encaustic

Encaustic Photographs | Experimenting with Photos & Hot Wax

After attending an excellent presentation by Danielle Correia at last year's Encaustic Conference on working with encaustic on photographs, I have done some experimenting of my own. Here are the results of five different experiments with photographs in encaustic wax ...
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why use encaustic gesso

Why use encaustic gesso to prepare a substrate?

A fairly new product to the commercial art world is Encaustic gesso. A very good one, made by R & F Paints, allows us to: omit the initial beeswax 'primer' layer create a white (or coloured), toothy, gessoed surface ideal for Encaustics start with an excellent surface for adding a huge variety of media to our Encaustic works of art before laying on the wax, such as soft pastel, charcoal, watercolours, gouache, marker, graphite, etc. save money by enabling us to prime our own substrates, rather than buy pricey pre-gessoed encaustic boards Why can't I use acrylic ...
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Painting in a grid: drawing the line!

Painting in a grid: drawing the line!

For years, before encaustic, I painted in a grid, and my pieces often reminded people of quilts. Then along came the wax and my grid was gone! The wax didn't want to flow into squares and rectangles, and so I let go... and went with the flow of the wax. This was a huge learning for me. I really had to give in to the wax, and learn from it. I learned many things about letting go of attachment, about layering, and seeing what the wax wanted to do. It was only after nine years of 'no ...
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Project Harmony: 32 artist coming together

In the last part of 2009, my friend and fellow artist, Anne Smidt sent me an enthusiastic email asking if I wanted to be a part of a new project, a collaborative work. Anne had just finished working with me on the 4th annual International Encaustic Artists (IEA) Retreat & Conference in Carmel Valley, CA where I had spent the past 3 years as the director for the annual gathering of artists working with encaustic. Anne had created a database and reporting system for all of the registrations - so I knew that she would bring an ...
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Microcrystalline Encaustic Wax Painting

How is Microcrystalline Encaustic Wax different from traditional Beeswax?

When I saw microcrystalline encaustic wax art displayed at The Artist Project in Toronto, I was very interested to see how it compares with beeswax encaustic medium. Of the ten artists showing encaustic artwork, two of them used encaustic medium made with microcrystalline, not with beeswax/damar. The effect was a quite different from what I know of encaustic. Microcrystalline compared to beeswax/damar encaustic medium The first thing I noticed was that the paintings had a different textural quality - it was almost like plastic. I also noted that it didn't have the lovely beeswax smell. Microcrystalline is ...
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