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.
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Encaustic Wax Painting Tips, Product Reviews, & Tutorials for Beginners and experienced artists alike
Facing a Blank Canvas As a self-taught mixed media artist, I often reflect back on my earlier works to analyze the approach and results. It helps me to understand my own methodologies and common practice. I think back to some of my very first mixed media classes and remember being in that place of ultimate confusion when it came time to start a painting. What to paint? How to paint it? It all seemed like the weight of the world was resting on my shoulders and I had three hours to prove myself! Building up and excavating ...Read More
Disclosure: Paula Roland sent me a free copy of her DVD to review for this post. Encaustic Monotypes | Paula Roland's instructional DVD Encaustic Monotypes Painterly Prints with Heat and Wax is a beautiful instructional DVD by Paula Roland. In 2011 I took an encaustic monotype printmaking workshop in Toronto, this DVD was the refresher course I needed to jump back into encaustic monotypes. For those of us who live a distance from Santa Fe, the DVD is the next best thing to taking an in-person encaustic workshop with Paula. This DVD is a genuine pleasure to watch and Paula's own ...Read More
What are Wax Emulsion Water-Soluble Paints? Water-soluble wax paints are tube paints comprised of pigments in a wax binder. Although the manufacturers are branding them as encaustic paints they are better described as wax emulsion tube paint that can be an interesting complement to encaustic. Wax emulsion tube paints allow encaustic artists to experience a more painterly process, a process that is more often associated with other painting media. You can blend and mix Ceracolors together on a palette and use a brush or palette knife to brush and dab them on your painting. Water-soluble wax paints ...Read More
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, 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 Dura-lar or ...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