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cold wax painting

Cold Wax, an alternative to traditional Encaustic

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"? What is Cold Wax? "Cold wax medium...is a pasty substance made of beeswax, resins, oils and mineral spirits, that is mixed with oil paint and applied directly to a support, without any fusing or heat applied. (For ...
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New York City Encaustic on View

New York City: Encaustic on View

This past week I visited MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. We went to see great masters such as van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and Modigliani. Seeing encaustic paintings and sculptures at the galleries was surprisingly an afterthought. Encaustic paintings we saw at New York Galleries [click on the thumbnails to view larger images] Two encaustic paintings by Jasper Johns were on display at MOMA. Flag (1954) - MOMA Encaustic, oil, and collage on fabric mounted on plywood, three panels. “One night I dreamed that I painted a large American flag,” ...
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Microcrystalline Encaustic Wax Painting

How is Microcrystalline Encaustic Wax different from traditional Beeswax?

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. The effect was a quite different from what I know of encaustic. The first thing I noticed was that the paintings had a different textural quality - it was almost like plastic. I also noted that it didn't have the lovely beeswax smell. Microcrystalline is a petroleum-based wax that will give ...
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Tulips on Edge


Since launching All Things Encaustic I have been "meeting" many artists online and a few face-to-face. The f2f connections last week were at The Artist Project Toronto, online connections include Ning, Twitter, Facebook and Flickr. NING I followed a link from a tweet and found an online group for Encaustic Art on Ning.  If I had found this community previously I may not have felt the need to start All Things Encaustic. And get this! I was the 700th person to join and Thea Haubrich is sending me artwork to celebrate this milestone! How amazing is that? ...
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Fayum funeral portraits

The History of Encaustic Painting

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. Encaustic has a long history, but it is as versatile as any 20th-century medium. It can be polished to a high gloss, it can be modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with collage materials. It cools ...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Encaustic art

Frequently Asked Questions about Encaustic

Answers to your questions about Encaustic Painting Click on a question below to expand and view the answer. You can also check out our blog posts for more in-depth answers to many of your questions. Have a question not covered here? Submit a comment below ...
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Encaustic with gold leaf and photocopy transfer

Encaustic for Everyone!

Welcome to the All Things Encaustic. I'm very excited about this new project and hope that this site will serve the encaustic community well. I'm looking for experienced and well-respected artists who love encaustic to blog here about various encaustic techniques, materials and safety tips. Posts on this site will be accessible for everyone - from those just beginning to experiment with encaustic to the artist who is very experienced working with this wonderful medium. Different authors will use different techniques and approaches so I hope that we will also generate some lively comment discussions. I am ...
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