What is Encaustic
Encaustic paint is a mixture of beeswax, damar crystals and pigment which is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to a prepared wooden surface or “substraight” then reheated to fuse each layer of paint after every application. It is impervious to moisture, doesn’t deteriorate, yellow or darken and has a flash point of 200 degrees fahrenheit. It can be polished to a high gloss, molded, sculpted, textured and can be combined with collage materials. It cools immediately, so there is no drying time, yet it can always be reworked. I work with a variety of tools and materials such as razor blades, sand paper, etching and carving tools, oil sticks and oil paints, heat guns, torches and anything I can find that will create a mark on the wax.