View Full Version : Encaustic Medium

02-07-2002, 06:26 PM
Has anyone ever heard of this medium, or seen it done, or know how to do it.
I saw it on the Shopping Channel and it looked great fun, I always like trying new things.
You work with an iron and coloured wax.
Check it out at www.encaustic.com

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02-07-2002, 08:17 PM
Joe, I have never used it the way they describe it, but I used to melt a mix of parafin and bees wax to coat some of my paper sculptures, and some of my fiber pieces. The only problem with encaustics is that they attract dust like crazy:( and are very difficult to clean off.

Rose Queen
02-07-2002, 10:13 PM
Joe, the latest issue of The Artist's Magazine has an article on encaustic in it. I don't know if you can find that magazine in Ireland or not, but it may also be at their online site.

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02-09-2002, 07:17 PM
Looks interesting Joe..! Never tried it but I like the effect when used in paintings!

02-09-2002, 09:04 PM
I think I might go ahead and order some, and put my first piece on here as a step by step, see how easy/ difficult, it is, and how it works out.

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02-09-2002, 09:34 PM
I cannot wait to see this!

02-10-2002, 05:59 PM
I have sent away for an order.
When I receive it, I will take photos of every step of the way, and we can learn together what this medium is like.


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02-10-2002, 08:35 PM
Joe: Yes, I have seen a lot of encaustic. We had a woman in the gallery
I was in and she did encaustics and used to demo at her shows. I never
saw any irons, but she made it look pretty easy. I can briefly tell you how she did it. This medium goes back to the egyptian days I believe. She
melted her beeswax in tiny metal cups, in hot water, kept warm in an
electric skillet. Each cup was a different color. After the wax melts she put
in the color, which was a paint pigment powder, to color it. She used a
paint brush like watercolor I think, not sure there, and started painting
just like with watercolor. She continued to build this was up. We sold a lot
of her work, We never had a problem cleaning it or dusting. It never
softened to the touch. In fact it almost felt like glass. Wish I had one to scan
for you. She did large 28x22 and small. Charged a lot for them because
encaustic is really a lost art form I believe. I have never seen it anywhere
else except here. I have read about it in the art magazines. If I find the article and you can't maybe I could scan it or something for you. Good luck
with it.


02-12-2002, 04:32 PM
I have never used encaustics,but i have been really wanting to.it looks like alot of fun!:D
Also if you guys should check out jasper johns work,he does amazing paintings in the medium.ecspecially his american flag series.which is now being auctioned for $20 million lol

02-14-2002, 12:55 PM
Unfortunately due to family circumstances, I am unable to go to my centre for a while, but in the meantime, I will study the book that came with it.
Im looking forward to giving this a go.

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03-02-2002, 09:19 AM
I have never heard of it before.
It really sounds interesting.