May 25, 2018
Encaustic painting, also known as hot was painting, involves using heated beeswax and damar resin to which pigments are added. This painting was made by adding a collage of rice paper covered in writing using black ink, to a canvas board. Encaustic wax is then added in layers and a sgraffito technique used to draw the image with an embossing tool. Pan pastels and oil painting sticks are used to apply colour.
Encaustic painting is an ancient technique from as early as the 1st Century BC. The word encaustic is derived from the Greek encaustikos, which means to burn in, and this element of heat is necessary for a painting to be called encaustic.
The image below is the digital copy of the original artwork which measures 6″ x 4″ in size. The other pictures show how a variety of digital techniques may be used to alter and enhance the original, purely for aesthetic purposes, and to decide on one that appeals the most to the beholder.