Painting by Barry Moulton – http://www.encaustic.co.uk/
Encaustic – Using pigments mixed with hot wax that are burned in as an inlay.
Encaustic paint is a beeswax based paint that is kept molten on a hot plate or heated iron. It is applied to a surface and reheated to fuse the paint into a uniform enamel-like finish. The word encaustic comes from Greek and means to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the paint.
Encaustic Art is the ancient art of painting with wax. It is a painting technique that is over 2500 years old, but is made easy by modern low heat tools including an iron and stylus. The iron can be converted into a mini hotplate and several attachments are available for use with the stylus.
For information on how to do encaustic art, please visit this
Australian site here featuring Margaret E. Hesford
Encaustic Art painting “Peacock” by Arati – see http://www.encaustic.in/index.html/Encaustic–and–me.php
You can download a PDF document from Arati’s site on how to do Encaustic Art.
Encaustic wax paints are warmed to 150 – 175 degrees Fahrenheit on a hot encaustic iron. The liquid wax colors cool quickly.
Eencaustic paintings can be reworked immediately or even years later with the addition of heat. Scratching techniques which reveal underlying colors or add texture are accomplished quite easily with pottery tools. Encaustic painting is solvent free, eliminating the need for turpentine and mineral spirits. Mechanically clarified beeswax is widely used.
- Lay a card onto a clean work area.
- Melt some wax onto the iron base.
- Spread the wax over the card carefully.
- Try not to over mix the colours.
- Lightly polish the image when cold with soft tissue
The encaustic technique was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300 AD, in the Blachernitissa and other early icons, as well as in many works of 20th-century North American artists. Kut-kut, a lost art of the Philippines implements graffito and encaustic techniques. It was practiced by the indigenous tribe of Samar island around 1600 to 1800.