Encaustic art uses beeswax and resin to add texture and intense color to pieces of art. It is an art form that has been around since ancient times. More and more modern artists are learning about and using this ancient technique.
Using wax is as multi-faceted as using any other painting media. In general, beeswax is mixed with a resin – often damar resin – and then melted and applied to a surface. Encaustic paints are available, and the colors are particularly saturated and rich. An artist can also mix their own colors using pigments. The melted wax is applied to the surface in any number of ways, including with a tacking iron, a heated spatula or other hot tool, a brush, or simply drizzled on the canvas. Once the wax is applied – it dries almost instantly – the artist can manipulate the wax using a heat tool. You can embed almost anything in the wax, and build up the layers to form 3-D images. Paints or other colors can be applied on top of the wax, also. Due to the resin content, the wax cures to a very hard and resilient finish.
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