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Image Maker / Artist & Educator

Shauna Martin
What is Encaustic?

The medium of encaustic is often quite new to most people despite that encaustic painting has a long history, dating back to the 5th Century B.C. The word encaustic means to "burn in", which refers to the process of fusing the paint with heat. Beeswax is impervious to moisture, it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow or darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass.

My encaustic paintings are made with beeswax and damar resin (a natural tree sap that acts as a hardening agent). I often mix in other materials such as oil paints, tissue papers, cloth, and other elements. Each layer is fused using a heat gun or flame.

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