• A Love of Encaustic

    I think I have finally found my perfect medium - encaustic. I know, I am as surprised as you. It is unweildy and unpredictable, two things to which I am not normally drawn.

    What is encaustic? It is wax-based paint that is made up of beeswax, tree resin and pigment and has been around since about the 5th centrury B.C. The wax must be kept in a molten state and is applied in layers. Layers are then fused with heat.

    This heating of wax layers produces some very interesting results. Colors swirl and hidden layers peek through as the wax is moved around. Motion and emotion can be created and are the results are often completely unpredicable. The wax has a mind of its own.

    As with many other artistic pursuits, one can spend a lot of money on fancy tools and equipment. One can also create a very scrappy workspace, using a garage-sale electric griddle and dollar store muffin tins.

    This is what my current set-up looks like:

    The griddle becomes the pallete and is where I mix colors. Part of the allure is the ethereal translucent quality of the wax. Interesting textures can also be acheived.

    Want to learn more about this method? RF Paints has an excellent online guide available: