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Encaustic Painting Process | How to paint with Encaustic

Before you begin to paint with encaustic, you'll need to pick-up encaustic art supplies and set-up a studio space. Once you have all the supplies you need in-hand, come back here to learn how to paint with encaustic. 5-step Encaustic Wax Painting Tutorial 1. Select and prepare a substrate Start with a suitable substrate, you may wish to read about choosing and preparing substrates before you continue.... Before you begin to paint you may wish to use painter's tape to cover the sides of your panel. When you're finished the piece you can remove the tape and decide how ...
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cold wax painting

Cold Wax, an alternative to Encaustic

My first reaction when I heard about cold wax was, "well if it isn't heated then is it encaustic?". Cold wax medium is used at room temperature, whereas traditional encaustic painting uses molten encaustic medium. The name encaustic literally means "to burn". Painting with cold wax does not use the encaustic painting process. Cold wax is a different medium and a different painting process. 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 ...
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famous encaustic paintings in New York City Galleries

Famous Encaustic Paintings and Sculptures in New York City Galleries

This past week I visited MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. We went to see the famous paintings by great masters such as van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and Modigliani. Seeing famous encaustic paintings and sculptures at the galleries was surprisingly an afterthought. Famous Encaustic paintings we saw at New York Galleries [click on the thumbnails to view larger images] Jasper Johns 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 ...
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How to get started with Encaustic Painting | List of Tools & Art Supplies | Encaustic Basics

How to get started with Encaustic Painting | List of Tools & Supplies

Get started with Encaustic Painting If you've been wondering for awhile how do I do encaustic painting? and now you're ready to get started, this post will help you choose the encaustic supplies and hot wax tools you need to setup your studio. You can also learn a lot more about encaustic painting by reading the other posts in the encaustic beginner's guide. The links to Amazon will help you get setup to start painting with encaustic and the affiliate links help support this site. What tools and supplies do I need for Encaustic Painting? If you're ready ...
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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. Microcrystalline compared to beeswax/damar encaustic medium 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 ...
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