Painting with fire!– Encaustic painting is a mixed media technique that involves using heated natural beeswax, into which I add coloured pigments. The melting liquid is then applied to a surface— I use a block of prepared wood, with a paintbrush to lay down the different colours. I paint many layers of wax, reheating each layer’s surface with a blowtorch to fuse it to the previous layer and applying more colour to evolve the image. I have incorporated many different techniques in this process, from stencilling to etching and using a variety of mixed media and implements for impressions, making the whole process a very intuitive and exciting process.
Frames and sizes are for illustration purposes only.
Please get in touch directly if you wish to discuss different frame choices and which delivery options are available on all encaustic art/mixed media works. Allow for up to two weeks for delivery.
Care of Encaustic Art
These paintings are extremely archival, but as with any fine art, care should be given to them. There should be no fear of the work melting in normal household conditions. The wax and resin will not melt unless exposed to temperatures over 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving a painting in a car on a hot day would not be advisable or hanging a painting in front of a window with direct desert-like sun. They are also sensitive to freezing cold temperatures.
Some encaustic colours tend to “bloom” or become cloudy over time. If your painting appears indistinct, simply rub the surface with a soft cloth or nylon stocking. Over time the surface retains its gloss as the wax medium continues to cure and harden for up to 1-3 years.