Encaustic Art Supplies


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

Encaustic 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 were able to create elaborate decorations on their warships.  Encaustic examples can also be found in ancient Egypt and is the basis for Kut-Kut, a lost art form of the Philippines.

The layering of wax and colour pigments produces art of long lasting, and the layering of wax and colour pigments give a rich, optical and dimensional effect, bringing the artworks to life.

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