Encaustic Paintings


Involves painting with molten wax, pigment and resin combined. A rigid substrate must be used or the wax could crack. The wax paint is applied with a brush, a palette knife, or poured. When painting with wax, layers must be fused with additional heat in order to bond. Care must be taken to avoid extremes in temperature (below freezing and above 140 F). Otherwise encaustic is very stable. It does not darken or yellow. As with all paint, the color’s permanence depends in part on the light-fast qualities of the pigments used. Unlike most other paints, wax is impervious to moisture and insects! It literally “seals” the substrate!