5x7" original one-of-a-kind mixed-media encaustic piece, on a pine and birch 7/8" cradled wooden artists panel, with wire for hanging.
What is encaustic art?
The word "encaustic" originates from the Greek word enkaustikos which means “to burn in.” The wax encaustic painting technique was described by the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder in his Natural History. The oldest surviving encaustic panel paintings are the Romano-Egyptian Fayum mummy portraits from the 1st Century BC.
Encaustic painting involves using heated beeswax to which damar resin and colored pigments are added. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can also be encased or collaged into the surface, using the encaustic medium to adhere them to the surface.
Encaustic pieces do not have to be varnished or protected by glass, but you should always be careful of the surface and edges when touching or moving an encaustic artwork. Encaustic paintings can be scratched, gouged, or chipped if handled roughly. When fresh, the surface is only a little harder than the surface of a high-quality beeswax candle, but over time encaustics will "cure" and become harder.
To protect your encaustic piece, do not hang or store it in direct sunlight or near a fireplace, heater, stove, or other heating source.
Although the wax surface can be scratched, encaustics are durable due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture; because of this, encaustic paintings will not deteriorate, yellow, or darken. Examples of encaustic paintings have survived from the Greek and Roman empires, and are still as vibrant and colorful today as they were when they were painted.
Encaustics can be gently buffed to a high gloss using a soft, lint-free cotton, silk, or rayon microfiber cloth. (This sheen will naturally dull over time, but you can always re-buff the piece to restore its glossy finish.)
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