Paintings with Heated Wax Pigments
Encaustic painting is a wax based paint composed of beeswax, resin and pigment. The paint sticks are heated on a surface (hot plate) and the liquid wax is painted with a brush on an inflexible surface (wood, masonite, ceramic, etc.). Once the wax is applied to the surface, it is re-heated again (with a heat gun) to “fuse” the surface. Encaustic can be carved, scraped, layered, collaged, modeled, sculpted, textured, polished to a gloss surface and combined with oil, pastel, charcoal and other media. It is an incredibly, exploratory, creative process.