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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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Fayum funeral portraits

The History of Encaustic Painting from Fayum Funeral Portraits to Today

Encaustic painters are often asked if their work is archival. The typical response is that encaustic is an ancient painting technique, examples of early encaustic paintings are on display in museums around the world. The Origins of Encaustic Painting - An Ancient Medium The word encaustic comes from the Greek enkaustikos which means “to burn in” referring to the process of fusing with heat. The process of burning-in is necessary to be classified as encaustic. Pausias, a Greek painter of the first half of the 4th century, is credited with inventing the encaustic painting method [source]. Painted ...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Encaustic art

How to do Encaustic Painting | Frequently Asked Questions

Help for Beginners who want to learn how to do Encaustic Painting If you want to learn how to do Encaustic Painting you're in the right place! Welcome. All Things Encaustic is a collaborative blog for artists working with encaustic. If you're just beginning to paint with Encaustic medium start here. If your question isn't covered here, review our blog posts or add a comment at the bottom of the post and we will be happy to respond. Click on a question below to expand and view the answer. If your question about how to do Encaustic ...
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