Encaustic Art Block #7 -SOLD


Encaustic Art Block #7 

Original Fine Artwork by Karen Canning.

Encaustic wax.

23cm x 14cm x 45cm

what is encaustic wax

Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented. Pigments may be added to the medium, or purchased colored with traditional artist pigments. The medium is melted and applied with a brush or any tool the artist wishes to create from. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer.

Care for your encaustic wax artwork

 Encaustic paints are perhaps the most durable form of painting, evidenced by the Faiyûm mummy portraits in Egypt, which have survived over 2000 years without cracking, flaking, or fading.  Wax has several inherent qualities that allow it to withstand the test of time: it is a natural adhesive and preservative; it is moisture resistant, mildew and fungus resistant, and unappetizing to insects.  Wax paint also doe not contain solvents or oils so they will not darken or yellow with age.  Leaving the painting as fresh as the day it was painted.

  As with all art forms, encaustic paintings should not be exposed to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures – they do best in temperatures between  5–52° The surface of a painting can get scratched, dented or chipped if handled roughly. Encaustic paintings do not need to be varnished or protected by glass. Encaustic paintings can be buffed to a high gloss using a soft, lint free cloth. This sheen dulls over time and can be brought back by repeating the process. Occasional dusting and buffing of the surface of an encaustic painting with a soft cloth will help maintain the unique patina of the wax.





Encaustic wax is a combination of beeswax and an additive to strengthen and raise the melting temperature. Typically damar resin is used though other additives are sometimes used. Layers of molten wax are applied to wooden structures/panels. It has beautiful luminous qualities which can be coloured. The wax can be embedded, collaged, scraped, textured and polished.

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