(Photo shown above: “Dangling” by Suchitra Gautam )
Yesterday, a few of us from my art group got together at Suchitra’s home for an encaustics demonstration. I knew Suchitra had been doing this art form and was loving it but I had no idea just what was involved in the process. It was so much fun to explore a different art form!
I found this information online to give you an idea of what encaustic painting is:
“Encaustic is a painting method where color-pigmented beeswax is melted, applied to a surface and reheated to fuse the paint into a smooth or textured finish. The word encaustic comes from Greek and means ‘to burn in’, which refers to the process of fusing the paint. Encaustic has a long history, but it has been experiencing a recent resurgence in popularity due to the increased convenience and safety of heating appliances. It can be combined with collage materials as well for added texture. It cools immediately, so that there is no drying time, yet it can always be reworked. The durability of encaustic is due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture. Because of this it will not deteriorate. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass.”
I encourage you to try a new art form and just have fun with it! Let me know what new art form you’ve explored lately.