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A Place For Kindheartedness

Encaustic Painting

Created by Lori Austill
Encaustic triptych on cradled birchwood panels. The sides are painted gold, so framing is not necessary. It is ready to hang with wire. Signature and artist statement on the back. This piece requires minor assembly; the three panels will need to be connected with the included screws.

Encaustic painting is a technique in which hot beeswax, pigment, and tree sap (damar, a resin that makes the wax harder and more heat resilient) are used as paint. Developed by ancient Greeks and Egyptians, encaustic paintings from A.D. 100-125 survive today in the form of head and shoulder wax portraits set into mummy casings in Greco-Roman Egypt. These paintings are created from painting with hot thin layers of pigmented wax, and each layer is fused to the next with a torch or heat gun.

To care for an encaustic painting, handle gently and dust or buff lightly with a soft lint free cotton cloth. Refrain from extreme heat (like a hot sun porch or car) or a freezing environment. Avoid direct sunlight.

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