*Can be made as a left or right wave. If not specified, then a left will be made.*
Available as a set of 4. See my listing: https://www.etsy.com/listing/98873921/set-of-4-encaustic-beeswax-collage
Also available as a 6"x6" encaustic painting, for $65 CAD. Convo me if interested.
8" square encaustic collage, 1 1/2" deep profile
Materials: filtered beeswax, pigmented beeswax, giclee on renewable bamboo fine art paper of my original oil painting, all on cradled wood panels.
These panels are also made from a readily renewable resource, as the hardwood is from the fast growing Paulownia tree. The Paulownia tree can grow from 10 to 20 feet in a season – an entire tree can even regrow in one season after being severely cut back.
What is encaustic art?
It is an ancient art form where the beeswax is painted while in a molten state. I use filtered beeswax (pollen is removed) and pigmented beeswax (using high quality powder pigments) in my collage paintings. The wax is much more durable than regular beeswax, because it is blended with a tree sap called damar resin, which cures and continues to harden over time. This technique of painting with pigmented beeswax wax was most notably used in mummy portraits in Egypt around 100-300 AD. These Egyptian paintings can be seen today at the British Museum in London, and at the National Museum in Cairo. The term Encaustic is derived from the Greek word “enkaien”, which means to “burn into”. It was used on and off throughout history by many different cultures, and has increased in popularity since the 1990s with the introduction of new tools and techniques.
Encaustic paintings are a wonder to experience in person. They have a unique translucent quality to the layers of wax, inviting the light to penetrate the layers rather than reflect off the surface, creating a vibrant, texture-rich 3D effect.
How do I care for it?
Very easily! To buff the surface for a polished look, use a very soft cloth (clean fleece or microfiber). It’s best to do this once each month, or if your artwork begins to have a “foggy” appearance, which is totally natural. It is recommended to hang your artwork out of direct sunlight and keep it at normal room temperature. But in all honesty, it takes a VERY hot room to melt the wax. In other words, your house would have to be on fire, or you’d have to hang your encaustic art over the woodstove. Just use your common sense. So the best advice would be to avoid freezing and extremely hot temperatures. The wax paints begin to melt at 162 °F / 72 °C. Also, please don’t dig your fingernails in the wax. Again, just use common sense, and your encaustic artwork will last forever!