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Some General Tips on Using Encaustic Paints

About Encaustic Paint

The word encaustic comes from Greek and means to “burn in”, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. Encaustic is a paint composed of beeswax, damar resin and pigments. The term “Encaustic” is often used to describe both the paint itself, and the method for using it. Encaustic paint is applied molten to an absorbent surface, and then fused, (or re-melted), to create a variety of effects. Unlike other paints, encaustic is never wet or dry – it goes from a liquid to solid state and back again in seconds, which means additional layers can be added immediately, without disrupting your composition. Once the surface has cooled, the paint has reached a permanent finish, but the painting can be revised and reworked with heat at any time – minutes or years later.

Encaustic Support

Encaustic paint is best used on a rigid surface that is both absorbent and heat resistant. Ampersand and R&F Handmade Paints have teamed up to develop an amazing panel called Encausticbord™ that is made especially for the unique demands of encaustic painting. Encausticbord gives artists a super-absorbent, smooth, bright white surface that is ready to go and provides a beautiful, professional presentation for encaustic paintings.

Each link below has helpful information about what tools and resources are available to you as a new or established encaustic artist. Explore some of these possibilities. For retailers, select the green banner to find out more about the new Ampersand/R&F Encaustic Painting Center that not only includes the new Encausticbord™ panels, but also a wide selection of R&F paints, tools, brushes and starter kits.