Other Good Questions
How fragile is encaustic paintings?
The most common concern regarding wax art is whether it will melt. The melting point of wax is between 160-180 degrees Fahrenheit, so in most cases, short of sitting in your car in the summer, the paintings won't be in danger of melting. However as with any fine art, please do not hang the painting anywhere that receives direct sunlight and please keep your paintings away from extreme heat and cold.
Avoid contact with sharp objects including fingernails as the surface of the painting is susceptible to scratching.
When transporting your encaustic painting, the piece must be safely wrapped. Wrap the work well in wax paper and bubble paper and box it.
Avoid extreme cold as the wax may crack or separate from the braced panel.
Is encaustic painting a new art?
Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). It is the oldest art form still in existance. Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax medium to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium can be used alone for its transparency or used pigmented. I often use oil paints, charcoal, pan pastel, oil sticks, alcohol inks, graphite and shellac for different effects.