Encaustics

 

Encaustic painting  has been around for centuries and uses heated beeswax and damar resin, combined with pigment, that’s applied when warm 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 colour and depth of layers in paintings that’s truly unique.

I’ve been working with encaustics for the last year and a half – sometimes mixing it with printmaking, sometimes setting it in repurposed barnwood.  It also lends itself to incorporating found objects which I’ve collected from travels – so much potential for exploring!  Check out ones for sale or contact me if you’re interested in asking about a commission.

Check out wikipedia for more info