Our Featured Artist for December 2018 is Anne Stine. Anne kindly shared her frequently asked questions about encaustic painting with us. To watch a video of her speaking at Tryst and sharing more about her process, click here
What is encaustic? The paint is made with a combination of pigment, purified beeswax and damar resin. I incorporate other media like oils or pastel, in or over the encaustic in my paintings.
Will the painting melt? No! You would have to use a blow torch or hot gun to make it melt. The resin mixed in with the wax gives it a strong enamel-like finish.
How do I care for it? Like any other fine art painting. I don’t recommend putting it in a hot car over a period of time- just like you wouldn’t do this for any fine art painting. It will not melt but may slightly shift if in 160 degree heat. It can be hung in bathrooms. If the surface shine dulls, this is normal for “new” paintings. It can be buffed with a soft rag to bring out the shine.
Does it last as long as other media? Yes, even longer. The anti fungal, anti bacterial natural of beeswax make it an excellent preservative. There are encaustic paintings dating back to 1 AD in museums today still having brilliant color.
For more information on Encaustic painting, please visit this Wikipedia article.