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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.  

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

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.

Encaustic is a wax base so keep it out of direct sunlight as you would all paintings.

If you want to reframe, 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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