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Encaustic Art is:

A paint consisting of pigment mixed with beeswax anf fixed with heat after its application.
The art of painting with this substance.
A painting produced with the use of this substance.


Encaustic Art (meaning burn in) was first practiced more than 2,500 years ago by the Egyptians and later by the Greeks and Romans to paint murals. The pigmented waxes were heated and could be painted on many surfaces including plaster, canvas, paper and wood.

Encaustic Art as we know it today, usually involves applying the coloured wax to the sole of an iron and smoothing it over your chosen surface. The molten wax is moved around the surface with the iron to create the art work.

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