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What is Encaustic Painting?

Encaustic is a painting technique that involves using pigmented hot wax to create art. The word "encaustic" comes from the Greek word "enkaustikos," meaning to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the wax layers. This ancient technique dates back to ancient Greece and Egypt.

In encaustic painting, pigments are mixed with melted beeswax and damar resin, creating a coloured wax medium. The artist applies this encaustic medium to a surface and then uses heat to fuse the layers of wax together. This can be done with a blow torch, an iron, a heat gun, or other tools.

Encaustic allows for a variety of effects, including layering, texture, and mixed media. Artists can carve into the wax, create texture with various tools, and even embed objects or collage materials within the layers. The wax can be translucent or opaque, depending on the desired effect. One of the advantages of encaustic is its durability and resistance to moisture.

Encaustic Wax Painting Tips, Product Reviews, & Tutorials for Beginners and experienced artists alike

Here you'll learn about encaustic painting techniques & tools. Whether you're a beginner learning to paint with encaustic or an experienced artist, I invite you to add your comments to share your knowledge and inspiration about art and All Things Encaustic.

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