Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves the use of heated wax or beeswax to which colored pigments are added as a medium to create art ranging from landscapes to abstracts or any other compositions based on the artists imagination. The molten wax is applied to a prepared surface to create a design.
Metal tools and specialty brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools, such as our Encaustic Art Stylus can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Additional materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to stick them to the surface.
The word encaustic originates from the Greek word enkaustikos which means to "burn in", and the element of heat is necessary for a painting to be called encaustic. This technique was notably used 100–300 AD in Egypt.
The easiest way to get started with encaustic painting is to get the Encaustic Art Start Set which provides you with everything you need to get started.
The Starter Set contains a Painting Iron, 16 wax colours, A6 & A5 white cards, a metal scribing tool and an introduction to encaustic art in 5 languages (English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish).