encaustic painting

The Crossing by Lauren MacLeod, 2010, encaustic painting,
11.5 x 11.5

Encaustic definition

Encaustic painting is a mixed media technique that involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments have been added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface — usually prepared wood, although canvas and other materials are often used. The term is derived from Greek, meaning a burning in.

How to paint with encaustics

Mixed media artists use encaustics to add texture, often to abstract art. The medium can be used as paint, adhesive, or both, and it mixes well with oil-based media.