|Melting wax, image from R+F Handmade Paints|
Encaustic paints are made by melting and mixing beeswax with a touch of linseed oil and pigments, finely ground. The wax mixture is heated before and during use and fused onto a wooden panel so that the layers adhere to one another and the surface. There are numerous ways to paint in encaustic as some artists work on a heated surface for blending and others paint with a heat tool in hand. Sometimes mineral spirits are added as a thinner for the paints, and artists often use soy wax to clean brushes. Thankfully, the list of resources on beginning in and working with encaustic is extensive, (see below).
|Artist Patricia Seggebruch fusing work, |
image from Ampersand Art Supply
There are significant resources online (and offline) for artists interested in encaustic through the following retailers, artists and instructors:
R+F Handmade Paints Encaustic Resources
Enkaustikos Encaustic Paints
Ampersand Art Supply Encausticbord
Encaustic Art Institute
Exploring Encaustic with Bethany Handfield
Haley Nagy Encaustic Resources & Tips
Wax Works West
International Encaustic Conference
Well-known encaustic instructors listed below; (this is by no means a complete list). Your local art supply store will know artists in your area.
Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch
For more brush information, check out the Dynasty Brush website.