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Encaustic painting is an ancient and historically stable process. The molten medium is applied to a rigid wooden surface. Fusing or burning-in between layers with a heat source is required to create a solid mass.
Filtered Yucatan beeswax is used for the pigmented encaustic colours. At 162°F/72°C the wax reaches a molten state.
Copal resin tempers the pigmented encaustic while Damar resin tempers the foundation and final layers. The combination of beeswax tempered with resin creates a surface that is resistant to damage.
5 parts beeswax (Yucatan filtered or European filtered/bleached) : 1 part resin (Copal or Damar)
Dry mineral pigment is added to the local Yucatecan beeswax and resin to create a rich colour palette.
Pre-made German and Italian pigment sticks can be added to the encaustic medium or used as a drawing element.
Encaustic paints are kept in a molten state on a controlled heating surface.
Only natural bristle brushes can be used for applying the molten encaustic medium.
Intarsia in encaustic painting is a process similar to marquetry in woodworking. Carved into the encaustic medium channels are backfilled with a range of colours.
The byproduct of intarsia can be reused.