Encaustic painting is an ancient technique using beeswax, tree sap (damar resin) and pigment. The beeswax “paint” is melted on a heated palette and then brushed in thin layers onto a wood panel. The layers are fused together using a hot air gun, torch or iron.
CARE AND HANDLING
Encaustic paint will not yellow, fade or darken over time. Beeswax is naturally resistant to moisture, so encaustic paintings are durable and archival. They can be gently buffed with a clean, soft cloth to restore a glossy finish. However, the wax can be easily scratched so extra care is needed when buffing. Encaustic paintings should not be hung in direct sunlight or exposed to extreme temperatures (between 40F – 100F is best).