Encaustic Art Hot Wax Painting Supplies


Encaustic Art, also known as Hot Wax Painting, employs the use of heated beeswax based paints and colour pigments. The wax paint is heated and applied to the art medium (traditionally wood, but now commonly used on canvas, card or other mediums), then reheated with a special encaustic painting iron to manipulate the art effect.  As each layer of hot wax paint is added, it reheats and fuses to the previous layers.

Encaustic Hot Wax Painting is an ancient technique dating back to the Greeks - they used the hot wax to caulk the hulls of ships and with the addition of colour pigment to create hot wax paint, were able to create elaborate decorations on their warships.  Encaustic painting examples are also found in ancient Egypt and is the basis for Kut-Kut, a traditional art form of the Philippines.

The layering of wax and colour pigments produces long lasting wax art, with the layering of wax and colour pigments giving a rich, optical and multi-dimensional effect, bringing the artwork to life.

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