About Encaustic Art
Encaustic painting is a process of heating wax mixed with a resin and pigment to between 65 to 100 degrees celsius, applying it to a sturdy substrate such as wood, and then fusing with a heat source such as a heat gun, iron or propane torch. It's possible to scrape and incise the wax, as well as to collage materials into it, and to paint on it with oils paints. Layers are built up and fused, scraped back and incised and built up again. Each layer is fused with heat. the final painting is buffed with a soft cloth to bring out the shine of the wax. This ancient and durable medium has a mystery, a luminosity and an organic quality that give the final pieces a spiritual quality.
How to care for an encaustic painting:
An encaustic painting is durable and archival. There are encaustic paintings from Greco-Roman Egypt that have survived in good condition. Encaustic paintings also need care. They will melt at 65 degrees celsius so storage in a hot car trunk is not an option. Below freezing, the wax can crack. So, the encaustic painting needs to be kept between 1 and 48 degrees. Normal indoor conditions work best. No strong direct sunlight.
If the surface of the painting becomes cloudy, it can be buffed with a soft cloth and it will regain its shine. Since it can harm the surface to lean something up against it of to put cardboard on the surface, I carry my paintings flat in my car with the painting surface facing up, it hot weather I turn on the AC. The edges of an encaustic painting are especially vulnerable because they extend beyond the wooden substrate. An encaustic painting doesn't need to be framed, but framing one will protect the edges from damage.
I always take the upmost care when shipping encaustic paintings, making sure they are well packaged for their journey. I also insure every painting I ship, so any possible damage is covered. If you purchase a painting and then damage it by accident, I will do small repair work for free.
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