What is encaustic?
Encaustic is a pictorial technique in which a molten mixture of wax and resin is applied on a rigid frame. Content sponsored by
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Encaustic is a pictorial technique in which a molten mixture of wax and resin is applied on a rigid frame. It does not smell, it takes a few minutes to dry and hardens completely within 3 or 4 months. This mixture of encaustic materials , called encaustic medium, has optical and chemical properties similar to those of the glazes, giving an exceptional brightness and color saturation. The finish is warm and glossy, similar to human skin and does not need glass protection for its exhibition.
This encaustic technique was first used by the Roman-Egyptians of the 1st Century for painting their mummy portraits, they used it in Pompeii for their wall paintings too, but it was not till Jasper Johns used wax for his famous flags in the 50’s that wax entered definitively the museums.
Pigmented beeswax has become since 2005 one of the painting techniques with more potential, given its extraordinary optic properties. Welcome to the world of encaustic.
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You can work with transparencies and depth, pate, textures, adding objects, doing collage, grattage, frottage, working with photographs, photocopies, transfers and even using gilding techniques.
Encaustic does not remember your mistakes, you can undo what you have done at any time and start oer. Simply apply heat and remove what you are not happy with, it is easy!
It is brigth and misterious
It is mysteriously translucent, gives depth in time and space, it is definitely the most beautiful painting on the planet.
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