The term encaustic, stemming from a Greek word that means a burning in, refers to both a medium and the process of painting with that medium. The paint—consisting of a fluid mix of melted beeswax, colored pigments and a hardener (damar resin)—is applied in layers to a specially constructed panel. A heated element fuses individual layers, first to the panel and then to each other.
Use the following list of resources to learn more about encaustic techniques and to find encaustic materials.
Books and Articles
1. The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera (Watson-Guptill, 2001)
2. Encaustic Workshop by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch (North Light Books, 2009)
Get this book at at www.northlightshop.com.
3. Burning Bright by Ruth K. Meyer (The Artist’s Magazine, January/February 2010)
Get this issue at www.northlightshop.com.
1. R&F Handmade Paints (www.rfpaints.com)
2. Daniel Smith Art Materials (www.danielsmith.com)
3. International Encaustic Artists (www.international-encaustic-artists.org)
4. Ampersand Art Supply (www.ampersandart.com)
5. Hot Cakes from Enkaustikos (www.encausticpaints.com)
6. Fine Art Store (www.fineartstore.com)
7. Kremer Pigments (www.kremerpigments.com)
8. Sinopia (www.sinopia.com)
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