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
Last weekend I had a fabulous art experience. I attended a mixed media encaustic retreat with Christina Lovisa. Christina rented a private lodge at a Spa in Chelsea, Quebec close to Ottawa, Ontario. It was a wonderful way to start the New Year! I have taken a number of mixed media art workshops with Christina in the past and each one has pushed my creativity in new ways. The reTREAT Experience When you're hosting workshops or retreats, consider incorporating some of these things that Christina did to make participants feel spoiled and special. An Assistant! Christina hired ...Read More
Clay tools work well for scraping, incising, and gouging into encaustic wax. This post has been in draft for awhile, I was finally spurred on to finish it when this week someone on Facebook asked, “What’s the most used tool you recommend investing in? I am new to this and wondering what type sculpting tools to get”. My Favourite Go-To Tools Here are a few of my favourite tools for scraping and incising into the wax. 1. Dual head metal pottery scraping tool My go-to scrapper is one from a pottery course I took years ago. The ...Read More
Q&A with Elizabeth Schowachert In this post, artist Elizabeth Schowachert answers questions that I put to her about mounting encaustic monotypes to panels. About Elizabeth SchowachertElizabeth Schowachert is an abstract artist who works primarily with encaustic. She also specialize in crafting silicone tools for the Roland HOTbox, high quality sumi-e style horse hair brushes and mark making tools.Visit her website Elizabeth Schowachert Art to order art tools and brushes. 1. What are some of the reasons you choose to mount monotypes on panels? I personally like the way the prints look mounted on a 2-inch cradled panel ...Read More
The framing tips below will help you present your artwork in a way that collectors and galleries will appreciate. Tip 1: Use Floater Frames when framing encaustic paintings I often frame encaustic paintings in floater frames. Gallery depth panels don't need to be framed but regular depth panels, to my mind, look better framed. Floater frames allow you to mount the artwork without glass and without touching the surface of the artwork. A floater frame leaves space between the outside of the artwork and the inside of the frame. The depth of a floater frame creates a negative space between the ...Read More
The artwork pricing challenge When you're starting to sell your artwork, it can be really hard to know what to charge. There is no hard and fast rule but having a pricing formula will help you set a consistent price. How to calculate a pricing formula Many artists use a square inch formula, others use a linear inch formula. Here's how to calculate each. Calculate the square inch by multiplying the height x width, then multiplying the total by the rate. height × width × rate = price Calculate the linear inch by adding the height + width, then multiply the ...Read More
Do you provide collectors with encaustic care instructions? I'm sure that we have all had questions about how wax will stand up to heat and humidity. There will always be people who presume that encaustic is more fragile than other fine art mediums. It is good to reassure them with the knowledge that some ancient encaustic paintings are thousands of years old. Art collectors appreciate it when the artist provides some information on caring for their new encaustic artwork. Do you include a care instruction sheet on the back of the panel or provide the gallery with ...Read More
Chalk & Milk Paint as a stable underpainting for encaustic art So many of us are familiar with acrylic-based mixed media art. YouTube videos have walked us through thousands of projects and techniques which tend to use acrylic based glues and mediums to achieve fantastic results. That was the case with me and my familiar ground. I painted in and taught acrylic-based mixed media art for years. It’s all I knew and loved. In walks encaustic… be still my beating heart, a new love! I learned early on that acrylics and encaustic wax are akin to oil ...Read More