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.  

This is where it gets interesting, because now before the artist is the choice to leave what is on the substrate or reheat using another method such as a torch. 

The creative process is endless.

How to Care for Encaustic Art

Encaustic has a shine to it, however, in the first few years it exudes a 'bloom' which makes it look dull.  Also, dust will settle on it.

You can bring it back to its original glory by using a soft white t-shirt and using a circular motion, medium-light pressure so as not to scratch, and buff away to bring back the shine.

Encaustic is a wax base so keep it out of direct sunlight.

If you want to reframe, as with all original works of art, choose a professional framer who is accustomed to 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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