Encaustic is an ancient painting technique dating from the 5th century BC. The encaustic paint medium is composed of beeswax infused with damar resin and oil pigment.
The colour pigmented wax is melted, applied to a surface, usually a rigid board and once cooled is reheated to fuse the paint to the underlying layer. These many layers of wax medium can range from transparent to opaque, delicately fine to thick and textural. It is the luminous quality of the wax and the many layers that can be built up to achieve a wonderful depth and texture which particularly attracts me to this medium.
Encaustic artwork should be treated like any traditional piece of artwork. They should not be hung in direct sunlight or kept in freezing temperatures as this will damage the wax.