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This is a 12x12x1" birch panel encaustic painting. Beeswax, damar resin and oil paint mixed together and painted to give a beautiful and durable finish. There are several layers of encaustic paint to give this painting beautiful depth. This painting is ready to hang with the sides finished with encaustic medium.The word Encaustic, from ancient Greek, means “to heat” and that is the basis for encaustic painting. Wax, primarily bees wax, with or without added pigment and mixed with a small amount of damar resin, is heated to a liquid state and applied to a ground with brushes. Painting is done quickly, as the wax starts to harden as soon as it is separated from its heat source. Each painted layer must be fused to the next to create a solid piece that becomes the encaustic painting. It is one of the most durable painting mediums since wax is impervious to moisture and over time will retain its original colors.