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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
Sourcing Stencils for Encaustic Painting When using stencils in encaustic art it is important to create or purchase stencils that work well with heat. If you don't use a heat-resistant stencil, your stencil will melt! Artist Lynda Ray sells heat tolerant silicone encaustic stencils from her Etsy shop. Her fabulous stencils are designed specifically for encaustic painting. Silicone is ideal for partnering with wax! If you're looking to purchase pre-cut stencils, I understand that StencilGirl stencils are made of heat-resistant mylar so they work well with hot wax. You can also cut your own stencils for encaustic from heat-resistant mylar, parchment ...Read More
With the turn of a new year, like many others, I take time to reflect on the year that has past and to set goals and to dream for the year ahead. Reflecting on the Past Year This year, instead of sitting down to write out my reflections on 2017, I painted. Encaustic Paper Scrolls Here is the exact process I followed to make encaustic scrolls and adhere them to a board. I began with the pages of our 2017 fridge calendar and worked one month at a time. I spritzed some of the pages with walnut ...Read More
A few people have asked me about a technique that I've been using this year. I call it Encaustic Ribbons. I'm sure other encaustic artists have done the same thing before but I hadn't seen it done anywhere. I stumbled upon this encaustic ribbon technique quite by accident. I took a painting that I wasn't in love with, warmed it up and with a warm paint scraper started to scrape off the wax. The wax came off in luscious smooth wax strips. Strips that were too pretty not to keep—so I saved them and started adding them ...Read More
Encaustic Diptych Workshop Notes: Last weekend I created an encaustic diptych at an abstract-landscape diptych workshop put on by Waxworks Encaustics with artist Dania Al-Obaidi. Here are my notes and additional research and reflections about working on two panels. What is a diptych? A diptych (pronounced "diptik") is when two panels are used to create one work of art. The word diptych comes from the Greek di for "two", and ptyche for "fold". Historically a diptych was joined together by hinges and the two panels were of equal size. The hinged panels could fold close like a book. Common in the middle ages, small ...Read More
Painting photographs with encaustic opens up another whole world of possibilities! Photographers can take their art to a new level adding more interest and texture to their pictures. "Photographers are increasingly discovering the potential of combining photography and wax. Given the importance of light in photography, it seems a natural marriage, since wax refracts light in unique ways and can add an otherworldly quality to photographs." Lissa Rankin ENCAUSTIC ART The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax I've read about photo encaustic and I understood the process, but I hadn't tried it before. This past weekend ...Read More
Collecting, Pressing, and Organizing Dried Flowers and Foliage for Encaustic Collage Last weekend I shared an encaustic griddle with artist Denise Callaghan. Denise brought with her to the workshop a large binder filled with dried flowers for encaustic collage. Her binder is beautiful---pages and pages of pressed and dried flowers and foliage. Denise kindly gave me a queen anne's lace to use in one of my paintings. Photocopying Leaves for Photo Transfers During the workshop, Denise had difficulty embedding a dried leaf into her painting. Andrea Bird said that embedding leaves can be problematic. That leaves, even when ...Read More