Encaustic: The Process...Click on photo.
Caring for your Encaustic Painting
This piece of art was created with
Beeswax + Damar Resin and Pigments.
Encaustic (to paint with fire) is a process/Technique
of painting that is 4000 years old.
How to care for your Encaustic Painting:
Keep out of direct sun, like any piece of art.
Do not leave in a hot car, ever.
Wrap with wax paper and put between two pieces of cardboard if you need to ship or move your piece, this will keep it from becoming scratched.
This piece is made of wax, it will chip and scratch if it comes into contact with hard edged objects.
Every few months polish your piece with the balls of your fingers, it will bring up a sheen that can be reflective and shiny.
I appreciate your support of the arts.
Maine Encaustic Artist kdb
and Encaustic Art.
Encaustic Painting is a medium that is 4000 years old. It is true alchemy. Bees Wax mixed with Damar Resin+ Pigments, heated to 200 degrees, making it liquid. Many layers of heated encaustic medium and pigments are applied with a natural bristle brush, it is then fused with a heat gun, painting layer upon layer until the piece is finished. All of my work is done on Cradled Birch Board as Encaustic needs a firm, non-bendable substrate or the wax will crack. Some pieces are carved right into the wax creating Encaustic Etchings.
Nature is my Muse and molten Bees Wax is one of my favorite mediums.
I became interested in Encaustic painting in 2008. I studied for several years and started Encaustic Painting in 2010. I am in love with this very warm, medium that smells like honey. It is always a joy to be in my Encaustic Studio.
Over the years I have discovered many things about painting with hot wax. Layers and layers of Encaustic medium and pigments, fused one on top of the next to create a depth that I have not found in other mediums. I like the mysterious look of graphite particles suspended in clear medium layered over a creamy or stark white background. I have also played and worked with the melding of two mediums, embedding photographs or doing photo transfers with my images. The effect is stunning and always a bit of a surprise, depending on the image. I have also created very large pieces, 4ftx2ft, which is 8 sq. ft. of wax.
Etching into the somewhat cooled wax is something I really love. I use a fine needle like tool to scratch onto the surface of the wax. Sometimes I then add Oil Pastel into the crevices and also onto the surface to create the tight scenes of birds, bees, trees and other inspirations from the natural world.
I have been studying, creating and showing my Encaustic Artwork for almost a decade here in Maine.
kdb - Maine Encaustic Artist.