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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

Selecting Japanese paper for Encaustic Monoprinting by Nancy Jacobi of the Japanese Paper Place

Selecting Japanese paper for Encaustic Monoprinting

Washi is the Japanese word for the traditional papers made from the long inner fibres of three plants, wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper. The term “rice paper” is really a misnomer, the paper has nothing to do with rice. The range of Japanese papers that The Japanese Paper Place ships around the world is vast. With so many Japanese papers to choose from, how do you to decide what’s best for encaustic monotype printmaking? What to look for when selecting Washi for Encaustic Monotype printmaking What you will look for in a Japanese paper depends ...
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How to make an art retreat or workshop great

How to make an Art Retreat or Workshop great!

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 ...
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Essential Tools for Scraping & Incising All Things Encaustic

Essential Tools for Scraping & Incising into encaustic wax

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 ...
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Q&A-Elizabeth-Schowachert Mounting an encaustic monotype to a panel

Mounting an Encaustic Monotype to a Panel

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 ...
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7 Tips for framing paintings

7 Tips for framing paintings

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 ...
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How to Price Artwork Free Download

How to Price Art | Free Artwork Pricing Table Download

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 ...
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Encaustic care instructions Free Download

Encaustic Care Instructions | Free Download

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 ...
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