Author: joemajury, Contributing Editor
|Encaustic art is believed to be at least 2,500 years old. It is recognized as being a very versatile, durable art form. Today's technique of using molten wax is that whenever the iron touches it, the wax colour melts and can be re-worked, so you can continue to change your artwork until you are happy with it. Encaustic art is an exciting medium, fun, and very addictive. This article will show you how to get started.
|These are the basic requirements for encaustic art. The iron is a special iron, special in the sense that it melts the wax at a fairly low temperature.
Do not use a domestic iron under any circumstances.
The Stylus is for more detailed work, and is similar to a soldering iron.
The paper is a special non-absorbant paper. A good supply of tissues always comes in handy for cleaning the iron between applications. See the links at the end of the article for suppliers details. USA artists click on this link for iron, paper supplies and everything else you need to get started.
|First rub some blue and white onto your iron.|
|Drag the iron across the paper from one side to the other in a nice gentle motion. Do not lean too heavily on the iron.|
|Add some brown to the edge of the iron and some green to the rest of the iron.|