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What is encaustic photography?

Encaustic painting, or simply “encaustic,” is a technique that uses beeswax and damar resin as a medium to create paintings or mixed-media

photography. This medium was first practised by Greek artists 2,500-years-ago, employing techniques still used today: the oldest known pigment binder using tree resin and molten beeswax.  The “caustic” part of the term indicates that heat is used to melt and blend the layers of wax into a unified piece.

Other mediums including embedding, collage, painting, scribing and mark making, all of which contribute to the unique finish of each piece.

The process of encaustic art can be labour intensive, very messy and intricate, but to me worth every joyful moment of creativity.

The wax finish needs no glass and can stand free or be hung.  I personally like them to stand in a cluster of two or three.

On an encaustic painting, for several months after the wax was last melted, it subtly and slowly cures and hardens. During this period the surface may become slightly cloudy. This is called bloom, and it's more visible on darker colours. It's not a defect.

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