The Irresistible Appeal of Encaustic Painting 

Encaustic is a beeswax based paint that is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to a surface and reheated to fuse the paint into a uniform enamel-like finish. The word encaustic comes from the Greek word which means "to burn in," or to fuse the paint. 

Encaustic has a long history, but it is as versatile as any 20th century medium. It can be polished to a high gloss, it can be modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with collage materials. Encaustic paint can be layered with pigmented and clear wax to create overlapping colors and amazing depth. It can be textured, scraped, incised, etched, combed, embossed, sculpted into three dimensional bits or smoothed to a glassy finish. 

2008 Sara Caldwell


The durability of encaustic is due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture, and therefore will not deteriorate, yellow, nor darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass.

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