Encaustic Care Instructions | Free Download

Do you provide collectors with encaustic care instructions?

I’m sure that we have all had questions about how wax will stand up to heat and humidity. There will always be people who presume that encaustic is more fragile than other fine art mediums. It is good to reassure them with the knowledge that some ancient encaustic paintings are thousands of years old.

Art collectors appreciate it when the artist provides some information on caring for their new encaustic artwork. Do you include a care instruction sheet on the back of the panel or provide the gallery with one to give to buyers?

Feel free to download and edit the following information to provide care instructions to your collectors.

About encaustic

My Encaustic paintings are made with beeswax, damar resin (a natural tree sap that acts as a hardening agent), and oil paint. I paint in layers, fusing each layer with heat. Encaustic has a long history, dating back to the 5th Century B.C. The word encaustic means to burn in, which refers to the encaustic painting process of fusing the paint. Beeswax is impervious to moisture, it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow or darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass.

How to care for your encaustic artwork:

Treat an encaustic painting as you would any fine art. Use care hanging, transporting or storing a painting.

  • Hang and store at normal room temperatures. Avoid freezing and extremely hot temperatures wax will melt at 150°F / 65°C.
  • Keep all artwork out of direct sunlight.
  • When packing encaustic art for transportation, cover the face of the painting with wax paper. Do not use bubble wrap directly on the front of the painting as it may leave an imprint on the surface. For shipping, build a box the right size for the painting.
  • Encaustic does not need to be protected by glass. A floater frame is an attractive option that also protects the edges of the painting from scratches, dents and chips.
  • During the first 6-12 months, as the wax cures, an encaustic painting may develop bloom. Bloom is a naturally occurring hazy white residue. It may also occur if a painting is exposed to cold. Bloom can easily be removed by buffing the surface of the painting.
  • Encaustic paintings can be buffed to a high gloss using a soft, lint-free cloth or pantyhose. If the original sheen has become dull over time, it can be brought back by repeating the buffing process.
  • Once an encaustic painting has fully cured and hardened, it will shed dust and dirt more readily.

Learn more about encaustic at the allthingsencaustic.com blog.

Have something to add?

Would you add anything to these encaustic care instructions? Please add a comment below, I will be happy to update the post with your recommendations.

About Ruth Maude

I enjoy experimenting with a variety of encaustic materials, techniques and tools. Everything I learn pushes my creative journey in new directions. I share what I've learned with other artists through my blog All Things Encaustic and encaustic workshops in Ontario.

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14 thoughts on “Encaustic Care Instructions | Free Download


  1. I couldn’t print this article. What good is a Free Download if it can’t be printed?


    1. click the button in the article and it will give you a Word doc. The content of the site is protected for copyright reasons that is why I provided the file.


  2. So timely, I was just going to edit what I have but your wording and layout looks so good! Thank you.


  3. Thank you so much, serendipitous, such a coincidence I was getting ready to create a similar write up.! Yours is perfect!!


  4. Thanks for that article. I always attach a piece of paper with the care instructions on the back of my paintings. Now I can go over them and see if I forgott to mention something 🙂

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