I use encaustic paint in many of my works because of its strong sensory properties...beeswax scent, tactile/touch, and beautiful visual appeal. Exciting to work with, encaustic can be worked in additive ways in layers, or in reductive ways by carving and melting down. There are so many approaches to this ancient medium that was first used by the Greeks and Romans.
Importantly, I use encaustic paint because of its directly link to nature...generously made by bees, and for that I am extremely grateful.
I support native bees on my property by growing flowers, trees, and bushes that attract pollinators. I keep much of our land natural and wild, letting nature do what it must.
Notes for Encaustic Art
Made with purified beeswax, encaustic paint also contains a natural resin that allows paint to cure with a hard porcelain-like surface.
While it can scratch, encaustic can also be retouched or repaired.
Archival and resistant to water, it is an excellent choice for moist environments.
Encaustic art should not be exposed to direct sunlight or an extreme heat sources when displayed.
Display encaustic art in interiors with normal temperature ranges. At 120 degrees Fahrenheit the paint will become soft, and will become brittle at freezing temperatures. Average home temperatures are excellent.
When moving, cover encaustic with wax paper or parchment paper, wrap in several layers of protective material and avoid extreme heat in transit.
An occasional light buffing with a soft microfibre cloth is recommended for the first year to maintain luminosity.