Encaustic Art, also known as Hot Wax Painting, uses heat to melt wax colours to produce artistic results. Wood has been the traditional art medium and in the modern day, canvas, card or other mediums have been added. Special encaustic painting tools are used to heat, apply and 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 process dating back to the Greeks - the word encaustic originates from the Greek word enkaustikos, which means to 'burn in'. The Greeks 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 painting examples can be found in icon painting, ancient Egypt and forms 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.