Craft Feature:: Encaustic Beeswax

Craft Feature:: Encaustic BeeswaxIn 2013, I opened a brick-and-mortar vintage store in Toronto, Ontario with a girlfriend of mine, Heather Doherty. Heather is a lovely lass and a brilliant artist, skilled in many mediums, including encaustic beeswax.

I’ve always wanted to learn how to work with encaustics, however, these days I am working on re-launching the Tickety Boutique and Heather is still hard at work over at the brick-and-mortar.. who has the time?? Hopefully, one day we will get together and figure it out. I miss my gal!

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with encaustic painting, I have found some examples that are available for sale on Etsy.

the paper butchery

Pig, encaustic painting and collage on panel:: $200

deer encaustic

Deer Silhouette Encaustic Painting:: $30

abstract encaustic

Abstract Encaustic Painting:: $125

As you can see, the possibilities with encaustics are truly endless. All you need is a little bit of inspiration and the right materials and you are well on your way to creating something brilliant of your very own.

So what exactly is encaustic beeswax painting?

Well, Encaustic painting is basically the process of adding pigment to heated beeswax. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface, usually prepared wood, although canvas is also frequently used.

There are actually many recipes for creating the encaustic mixture (remember: the internet is your friend) some of which contain other types of wax, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. The simplest is made using the classic beeswax mixture.

Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.

You can follow this link to find an informative video which illustrates the encaustic process using the damar resin. The host isn’t the most animated, but the video is extremely interesting.

Personally, I have a ton of ideas that I would like to apply to an encaustic project one day in the future and I look forward to eventually trying my hand at it.

Are there any encaustic artists reading this post?? I would love to see examples of your work!! Please, send pics!!