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Encaustic Art - Lesson Plan Volume 80
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface - usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface.
Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to adhere it to the surface.
Things You'll Need
Encaustic Opaque Colors - Set of 6 - 40 ml
Item #: 9731558
Encaustic Gesso - Gallon
Item #: 9731559
Hardboard Panel - 5 in. x 7 in.
Item #: 9732087
Hardboard Panel - 6 in. x 6 in.
Item #: 9732088