About Encaustic Painting
Encaustic or hot wax painting originated
in the 5th century BCE in Greece. It was originally used as a means to
decorate ships and later evolved into a fine art form, most often used
in mural painting and funeral portraits.
Encaustic paintings are durable and archival. As with all fine art forms, they should not be exposed to direct sunlight or extreme temperatures – they will thrive in temperatures between 35 and 125 degrees F. Indirect sunlight or bright, white lighting is desirable and will bring out the luminescent quality imparted by the wax medium. An encaustic painting may develop a film on the surface for the first six to twelve months as the wax cures. This is a natural process called "bloom" and is easily removed, along with shallow scratches, by wiping the surface with a soft cloth. Dusting the painting surface with a soft brush and buffing it with a soft cloth periodically will maintain the unique patina of the wax.
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