Encaustic Painting

The ancient art of encaustic painting involves applying melted wax colored with pigments to a wood panel or other surface. The wax is applied using various methods and tools, including brushes, metal scrapers and carving instruments, to the shape the wax before it cools.

The wax is heated between each application to fuse it and make it stable. A blow-torch, heat gun or heat light can be used to blend or move the wax to achieve the desired effect.

A centuries-old art medium, encaustic painting was used by the Egyptians to create mummy portraits around 100-300 AD. The art form was also used by a number of early 20th century artists. Encaustic painting has experienced a resurgence in popularity since the 1990s.

When I start a painting, the wax helps me decide the direction I want to go. I start with a subject and color tone in mind and see what happens. I also incorporate my oil and acrylic paintings and prints into some of my work.

Encaustic painting is a challenging and exciting art form technique. I became interested in the process after observing an encaustic demonstration more than 40 years ago, and I was hooked. I have been working with wax in one way or another since then.

For questions about the encaustic process, send me a message at juliehumeart@hotmail.com.

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