Encaustic painting involves painting with heated encaustic medium to which colored pigments are added. Encaustic medium consists of beeswax and damar resin. 

 

The medium is then applied to an absorbent medium (we use birchwood) and fused with a heating device such as a blow torch. 

 

Encaustic methods lend itself to mixed media techniques as transparent layers between the media can be created.  Media that can be integrated to create mixed media works include shellac, natural fibre paper, metal and non-toxic photocopies.

 

It is a relatively new art form in South Africa, although commonly used internationally.