What is Encaustic?

Encaustic painting is an ancient technique that began as far back as

the 5th century B.C. It consists of molten beeswax with damar resin and pigment.

The painting substrate is heat resistant and porous. Once the paint is put on the substrate it must be heated again so it will fuse to the surface. Each subsequent layer must be fused in the same manner.


Encaustic paintings are characterized by their luminosity. Light passes through translucent layers andis reflected back to the surface. Encaustics can also be very textural. It is one of the most durable of artist paints because it is impervious

to moisture and it will not deteriorate, yellow or darken.