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

Creative Practice Journalling

Creative Practice | Journalling

Journalling scares me. If you have read my previous post, Sinking In: strengthening the conversation with our art and ourselves, you'll know that I have always shied away from the idea of keeping a journal. I have a fear that someone will read my private thoughts. In my painting Sinking in: “Dear Inner Critic…” I wrote directly on the substrate, hiding my words beneath layers of encaustic. As I continue to explore ways to expand my creativity, I realize that by not journalling I may be missing out. The simple act of writing can help unlock inner thoughts and feelings. It can ...
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Marvelous Molds and encaustic

Marvelous Molds and Encaustic

Artists working in encaustic are always on the lookout for new ways to create texture and patterns in the wax. I started eyeing my favourite water bottle seriously considering cutting the silicone sleeve to use it as a stencil for encaustic painting but instead, I searched the web for heat-resistant stencils made of silicone and I found Marvelous Molds. Marvelous Molds® are a line of food-grade silicone molds, impression mats, and silicone onlays designed primarily for fondant and cake decorating but they can also be used in arts and crafts. Disclosure: Marvelous Molds sent me a free sample to review ...
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Pearl Ex dry pigment powder and encaustic

Pearl Ex Pigment Powder and Encaustic

Disclosure: Jacquard sent me a free sample of Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments to review for this post. I have shied away from using dry pigment powders since Gregory Wright's patterned effects demonstration at the International Encaustic conference. Gregory cautioned that some dry pigments may be poisonous and that repeated exposure can have serious effects on the artist's health. What is Pearl Ex Mica Powder? Then, I noticed online that Linda Robertson was using Pearl Ex Powdered Pigment with Encaustic.  Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments are very fine powdered mica pigments made by Jacquard Products. From the Jacquard website, "Pearl ...
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Sinking In: strengthening the conversation with our art and ourselves

Sinking In: strengthening the conversation with our art and ourselves

For the past two days, I've been "sinking in", exploring the artistic process with Andrea Bird and five other students. I knew that a workshop at The Hive, Andrea & Dan's beautiful encaustic studio, would be a great learning experience but I was not at all anticipating a profound art therapy session. The Inner Critic Exercise Sinking in: "Dear Inner Critic..." We were each given a board and tasked with writing a letter to our inner critic directly on the substrate. I had already heard from my inner critic that morning---we had written our names on nametags. I ...
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R&F Pigment Sticks and Encaustic

R&F Pigment Sticks in Encaustic

Disclosure: R&F Handmade Paints sent me free sample size pigment sticks to review for this post. What are R&F Pigment Sticks? From the R&F site: R&F Pigment Sticks® are oil paint manufactured with enough wax for the paint to be molded into stick form.  They allow the painter to draw or paint directly onto a surface without brushes, palettes, paint tubes or solvents.  We use only the basic traditional materials: natural wax (beeswax & plant wax), linseed oil, and pigment, and we use them with absolute purity. The result is an oil stick with a lipstick soft ...
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Tissue Paper Encaustic Drawing Technique

Drawing on Tissue Paper | Encaustic Painting Technique

Encaustic Art The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax by Lissa Rankin If you are new to encaustic art, start with this book! It covers all of basics to get you started, but it doesn't stop there, Encaustic Art The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax by Lissa Rankin is a comprehensive reference for experienced artist working with encaustic. It is filled with beautiful photographs of artwork and techniques to inspire you to create encaustic art for yourself Thanks to Lissa Rankin for kind permission to share this page from her book with the readers of All Things Encaustic ...
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