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Cold Wax, an alternative to traditional Encaustic

cold wax painting

My first reaction when I heard about cold wax encaustic was, “well if it isn’t heated then is it encaustic?”.

Cold wax encaustic medium is used at room temperature, whereas traditional encaustic painting uses melted encaustic medium. The name encaustic literally means “to burn”, does that mean that the technique (fusing) not the material (beeswax) is what makes it “encaustic”?… Read More →

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How is Microcrystalline Encaustic Wax different from traditional Beeswax?

Microcrystalline Encaustic Wax Painting

When I saw microcrystalline encaustic wax art displayed at The Artist Project in Toronto, I was very interested to see how it compares with beeswax encaustic medium. Of the ten artists showing encaustic artwork, two of them used encaustic medium made with microcrystalline, not with beeswax/damar.… Read More →

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The History of Encaustic Painting

Fayum funeral portraits

Encaustic Painting . . .
from The Artist’s Handbook by Ralph Mayer

Encaustic is a beeswax-based paint that is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to a surface and reheated to fuse the paint into a uniform enamel-like finish. The word encaustic comes from Greek and means to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the paint.… Read More →