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Free Art Lessons By – Encaustics

One of the most ancient painting mediums in existence, Encaustics are paints that are created from a mixture of beeswax, damar resin, and pigment. Works still exist from Egyptian mummy paintings from around 100-300AD in Encaustics. Encaustics disappeared from use as other painting mediums surfaced, but were rediscovered in the 20th century and have regained popularity with modern art movements. Derived from the word enkaustikos (Greek for “burning in”), Encaustics are heated on griddle-like palettes to melt the pigmented wax to a thin workable state, which is then applied to a painting surface. Encaustics can be shaped with tools and brushed before cooling, sculpted when cool, or manipulated with hot tools or heating tools once the wax sets up to be able to re-work again. Let Jerry’s free art lessons teach you everything from how to set up an encaustics studio properly to how to incorporate mixed media into this versatile and incredibly fun medium!


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