Encaustic paint is 100% pure beeswax and damar resin with added pigments. It is perhaps the most beautiful and versatile of all paints. The surface can be polished and glasslike, or it can be textured, layered and carved. It combines with oil, photography, sculpture and mixed media. There are countless ways to explore an artistic style of one's own.
An ancient Egyptian technique, the famous Fayum Mummy Portraits, created 1st Century A.D., were placed over a mummy as a memorial, and had impressive details of realistic facial features. The Fayums have survived to today, and their color is still fresh and beautiful. The durability of encaustic is because beeswax is impervious to moisture. So they do not deteriorate, yellow, or darken.
Painting with hotwax requires heating it to 180-200F, and then heat-fusing to your substrate using a hot gun, blow torch or an iron.
I was a public and private school educator for eight years and it gives me great pleasure to share my passion for encaustic with others!
A typical beginners workshop includes demonstrations of transfers, stencils, collage, mark-making, mixed media, and heat fusing. Next, students experiment with techniques and materials. Try Pan pastels, R&F pigment sticks and more. Most students complete 1-2 paintings. I provide 3-4 wood panels and practice boards. (NOTE-I use an easy, fast photo transfer method and I will print your photos on my transfer paper for you.) Workshop is for beginner-intermediate.
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