ENCAUSTICS

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Encaustic paintings are painted with a mix of beeswax, damar resin and pigment onto a rigid porous surface. The wax is fused with heat fusing one layer to the next. A very unique and luminous quality can be achieved painting with the wax.

Examples of encaustic paintings have survived from the Greek and Roman empires and are still as vibrant and colorful today as they were when they were painted.

While encaustic paintings are archival, they should be displayed out of direct sunlight, (as should any fine art piece.) They can also become brittle and easy to chip if exposed to cold temperatures, this resolves when they return to room temperature. A direct source of heat over 130 degrees will start to soften the painting, therefore avoid displaying over or near fireplaces, stoves etc. (or transporting in a hot car or trunk of car.

Encaustic paintings, while durable, are also fragile and should be handled with care. They will scratch, gouge or chip if handled roughly.

If you have any additional questions on the care of an encaustic painting of mine you are interested in...or have already purchased from me, please feel free to contact me.

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