Encaustic Day 4 / Floral Trio ~ Original 11x14 Framed Encaustic Painting by Claudette McDermott of ClaudetteMcDermottFineArt
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Encaustic medium is a Mixture of Raw Beeswax and Damar Resin. Some artists like to mix their own to create or vary the Resin content. I mix my own from time to time and also purchase it premixed as well. Encaustic Artists not only coat wood and canvas substraits, but actually create imagery by layering, marking, embeding and carving with Clear and Color Encaustic Hot Wax, brought to a molten state. Using a brush, and other tools Encaustic artists develope layer upon layers of wax, coloring it with, (to name a few) color tinted wax, oil paint, powders, charcoal, and shellac. Marking the cooled Encaustic Wax is all part of the Encaustic process of creating a finished painting or sculpture. You can use just about anything for markings and once marked you press color into the dented portions of the cooled wax. Heating between the layers of wax and everytime you add something to a layer is a must to secure and create a bond to the previous layer. I would say the average amount of layers to a single piece of Encaustic painting may be around 6 and as much as 50 or more. I've seen challenges where the layers were at the 50 layer mark, which I think is kinda crazy. But, if you are interested in trying something new, I suppose it's a fair thing to do ;) but the waist!! Encaustic supplies are costly.
Buyers beware. I have seen many claims of items saying they are Encaustic Paintings when they were not. Personally an artist who uses Encaustic Wax, to just coat an image, is not an Encaustic Artist neither are they creating an Encaustic painting. Just as an artist who coats an image with Resin is not a Resin Artist, neither are they creating a Resin painting. Works coated with Encaustic and Resin are interesting and can take on a cool look, but should not be catagorized as Encaustic or Resin paintings.