Expression Through Beeswax (Encaustic Painting)

Sally Stap's avatar Sally Stap

Get lost in the expression of colors and textures in Encaustic painting. Beeswax is melted and combined with resin and colored pigments. The melted mixture is applied to a surface -- typically wood or paper. Once the combination hardens, the picture is complete. A heat gun, butane torch, stylus or iron are used to melt, combine and fuse the colored waxes into its “final” form. Irons are typically used on card stock with fewer layers of wax while torches are used to fuse many layers into a textured creation. Natural bristle brushes and metal tools shape the wax while it’s still hot to form shapes, create brush strokes, or draw pictures. Encaustic originates from the Greek Word Enkaustikos, which means to burn in, and the element of heat is necessary to call it encaustic. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to stick them to the surface. Pictures, beads, and shaped paper are a few examples.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Encaustic
  • Width: 4 feet
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 12 inches