Tutorials

How to create rust for Encaustic Painting

Encaustic Painting with Rust for Powerful Effect | Step by step instructions

Encaustic Irony and Rust Thought Bubble…Now rust would be an interesting conversation in an encaustic painting! First hurdle. How do I get this intriguing organic substance for my art without wrestling a rusty piece of iron from the scrap yard into my home studio? Alchemy! Big Box Hardware, here I come. A little aisle surfing and steel wool caught my eye and leapt into the cart! Next hurdle. Break through the protective coating used on steel to prevent rust. Some iron products even have a thin coating of wax. As an encaustic artist, I appreciated the ‘iron’y ...
Read More
How to make Encaustic Medium

How to make your own Encaustic Medium

You can purchase pre-made encaustic medium or you can make your own. Many artists buy the raw materials and make their own. Here's what you need to know to make your own encaustic wax medium - materials and step-by-step instructions. What's the difference between beeswax and encaustic medium? Encaustic medium is made with filtered beeswax and damar resin crystals. Synthetic waxes are commercially available, but beeswax is the type of wax that is traditionally used for encaustic art. Natural beeswax:  In its natural state beeswax is yellow. Bee pollen gives natural beeswax its yellow colour. Refined, filtered or bleached ...
Read More
Framing and finishing encaustic art

Framing Your Encaustic Work

To frame or not to frame? Historically, an unframed painting was considered incomplete. Frames were used to enhance the work, separate it from the wall, and add additional support by preventing the stretchers and canvases from warping. We’ve all seen those HUGE ornate gilded frames in museums. Traditionally photography is framed in simple black, natural, or white frames so that the frame doesn’t overbear the image. The images are usually matted and placed under glass. In modern times, this notion of a work being incomplete has faded and as artists, we have an entire array of framing ...
Read More
Choosing and preparing substrates for encaustic art

How to Prepare Substrates for Encaustic

The topic of substrates and how to prepare them for encaustic art is often confusing for beginners. Choosing a substrate for Encaustic art When choosing a substrate, make sure it is of a porous material—usually a wood panel. Most beginning photo encaustic artists choose any number of manufactured boards, either flat or cradled—it does not matter. Keep in mind that any hardboard (compressed wood particles) tends to hold heat a little longer and might slow down your process slightly. If you don’t want to worry about any of this just pick up some Encausticbord’s and start working ...
Read More
Supplies and tools you need to set up your encaustic studio. Encaustic Basics

How to get started with encaustic art

If you're interested in painting with encaustics, this post will help you get started with the right supplies and tools. You can read other posts on this site to learn techniques and tips for how to do encaustic painting. This post will help you setup your studio. What tools and supplies do I need for Encaustic Painting? If you're ready to jump all in, a full encaustic painting kit is a smart way to get everything you need in one go. Alternatively, you can encaustic art studio tools and supplies piece by piece. ENCAUSTIC MEDIUM: Encaustic medium ...
Read More