A Note About Encaustics

Encaustics – one of the oldest forms of painting

One of the oldest forms of painting, encaustics* were used by the Greeks to decorate statuary and warships, and more famously by the Egyptians to paint funeral portraits. Encaustic is an extremely archival medium. Colors will not fade and the surface will not crack as long as simple precautions are observed.

Observer 67 x 18

Observer 67″ x 18′ – 0″

Like any piece of fine art you do not want to place the piece in direct sunlight. Wax melts at 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Transporting the work in hot trunk of a car is not a good idea. Encaustic paintings can be wiped clean with a soft cloth. If a piece is especially dirty, it can be wiped with a damp cloth. Buff the surface with a microfiber cloth.

Encaustic painting should be shipped flat, wrapped in wax paper and bubble wrap. Within a range of 35-120 degrees Fahrenheit, wax can travel safely without cracking or melting. With proper care, your piece of art should last for generations to come.

*encaustics: encaustic medium is a mixture of beeswax and resin

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