Encaustic painting has been around for centuries and uses heated beeswax and damar resin, combined with pigment, that’s applied when warm (=melted) to a surface (usually wood). It can be moved around using heated elements (irons, torches, heated brushes) but otherwise stays put after it’s applied, as it cools quickly. You end up with some really luminous colours, and depth of layers in paintings that are truly unique.
I’ve been working with encaustics for the last 6 years – sometimes mixing it with printmaking, sometimes setting it in repurposed barnwood. It lends itself to incorporating found objects which I’ve collected from travels, and paper, as well as photography – so much potential for exploring! Check out more encaustics for sale online, as well as Woodland Studios in Stoughton WI or contact me if you’re interested in asking about a commission.