Encaustic painting has been in practice for over 2,000 years, initially used by the ancient Greeks to paint portraits, color marble and decorate ships. It is an extremely versatile medium as it can be polished to a high gloss, carved, scraped, layered, collaged, dipped, cast, modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with oil. Wax is a natural adhesive and preservative; it is moisture resistant, mildew and fungus resistant, and unappetizing to insects. It also requires no glass or varnish as it is impervious to moisture.
To care for your encaustic artwork, please read and adhere to the instructions below:
** Treat an encaustic painting as you would any fine art piece. Use care hanging, transporting or storing it, and be especially mindful of corners and edges. Do not drop or knock the painting as this could lead to chips.
** Hang and store at normal room temperatures. Avoid extreme heat or cold, and remember that wax will melt at 150°F / 65°C.
** Keep the artwork out of direct sunlight.
** If packing the work for transportation, cover the face of the painting with wax paper. Do not use any materials directly on the front of the painting other than wax paper as they could leave an imprint on the surface.
** Encaustic art does not need to be protected by glass. You may choose to frame the work, but I paint on cradled birch wood so no additional framing is really necessary unless it's your aesthetic preference.
** During the first 6-12 months, as the wax cures and gasses are released, an encaustic painting may develop bloom which is a hazy, white residue. It may also occur if a painting is exposed to cold. This haze can be removed by buffing the surface of the painting. Please use a 100% cotton, lint free cloth.
** If you prefer more sheen, buff the piece as often as you wish, using a steady, circular motion.
** Once an encaustic painting has fully cured and hardened - about 10-12 months - dust and dirt will not attach to the work as easily and the surface will maintain its integrity.