Encaustics have been around for quite awhile. At least 2000 years. At that time the Egyptians used encaustics to paint portraits on their mummies. Unsurprisingly, they still exist and colors are still brilliant.
HOW IS IT DONE (to visit my site, click on image)
Set up includes:
- metal pans,
- natural hair brushes like hake brushes,
- beeswax medium,
- torch with mapp gas or heat gun,
- torch starter
- paper towels,
- and your substrate, a hard surface.
Why a hard surface?
Wax is not flexible. Linen and canvas stretch and tighten with the weather. You don’t want the wax to crack.
You begin by setting the heat to 200°. When the wax is liquid, brush on your surface. Put two layers down. You can brush across and down. Unless you are interested in a smooth finish. I usually begin with smooth layers. Each layer is fused to the layer underneath by heating. It cools in minutes, so you can continue to add layers. You can add texture any time by adding collage materials. You can prepare them by dipping in wax, or placing them directly on the warm wax. And you can add texture by scratching into the surface.
Encaustics are naturally glossy. However, until they are totally cured (about 6 mos- 1 yr) the may get dull. You can polish the surface with a lint-free rag to keep its high gloss appearance.