Encaustic painting today has many new tools and techniques yet the
basic principle remains the same as hundreds of years ago in Egyptian
and Greek times.  Combine layers of Encaustic paint on a rigid base,
fuse, and a very stable painting is created.

The materials are almost limitless, techniques varied, and the results
are like no other medium!  The colors do not fade and humidity poses
no danger.  As with any artwork, keep Encaustic paintings out of direct
sun and extreme temperatures and it will last as long as any print,
watercolor, acrylic or oil painting.
What is ENCAUSTIC paint?  Simply put...it is a mix of
beeswax and damar resin, the wax is the paint (not candle wax).

How is Encaustic paint used?  The paint melts at
approximately 180-200 degrees F.  When the paint is in a liquid
form it can be mixed to create other colors, the same way any
paint is mixed.  Paint is applied one layer at a time and fused.  
The Artist must move quickly.  When the paint is removed from
the heat source the paint quickly solidifies and cannot be
manipulated until it is heated again.

What is meant by the term fusing? Fusing means to heat
the applied paint layer.  Fusing is done to each layer as a means
of attaching the paint to the base and/or previous layer of paint.  
Fusing is a must!

What is meant by the term "subtractive process"?  
Encaustic painting is an additive process but can also be a
subtractive process, meaning, removing paint after it is applied.  
Removal can be done by heating, scraping or encising.
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