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What is Encaustic

Encaustic predates oil paint by 900 years at 5 BCE.  It is made up of beeswax, tree resin, and colored pigment.  I mix my own so I can obtain the consistency that I desire.

To apply, it must be melted, however, the medium cools fast so whatever tool you use to transfer to your substrate will require frequent revisits to the melting pots or pucks. 

What is so interesting and fun is that it needs to be fused and fired, thus melted further on the substrate.  Oh, the joy and technique of this creative process is endless.

How to Care for Encaustic Art

Buffed Encaustic has a shine to it, however, in the first few years it exudes a 'bloom'.  Also, dust will settle on it as with all art.

​To bring it back to its original glory, buff it with a soft microfiber cloth (even a soft white t-shirt) using a circular motion, medium-light pressure so as not to scratch.  Use the pressure you would as if you are petting a cat.

Encaustic is a wax base so keep it out of direct sunlight.  However, be assured, the resin hardens the wax so it can withstand a long life as you would expect with any quality painting.

If you want to reframe, choose a professional framer who is accustomed to quality paintings, and will not force or twist at the canvas, and will perform in-house.  Long-distance shipping is a risky endeavor.

​If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

My Way, 28x36 Encaustic, Angela Tahara.j


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