Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. So, that is the dictionary's definition of Encaustic Painting--I don't use the wax that way--exactly. I do what I like to call Encaustic Collages. Yes, I do use hot wax--I use beeswax, sometimes paraffin wax, linseed oil and/or resin--but I use the "paste" as an adhesive. The translucency of the wax adds a new depth and movement to the objects it holds in place. I don't use colored pigments, but rather, melted crayons and liquid acrylic for color. I prefer canvas to wood for most projects.
This process is probably one of my favorites for art making. It is completely addictive! Working with wax is a bit more involved than the definition expresses. It requires me to move extremely fast, and the end result is often times, a complete surprise.
My Encaustic Collages are Approximately 9"x 9" Square, Framed and are $100.00 Each (Shipping & Handling Included)