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Encaustic Painting

Created by Lori Austill
Encaustic painting on a cradled birchwood panel. The sides are painted gold, so framing is not necessary. It is ready to hang with wire. Signature and artist statement on the back.

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 sunporch or car) or a freezing environment. Avoid direct sunlight.

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