Encaustic art is about using molten wax as a creative medium. Electricity means that temperature controlled tools enable far easier working of the wax paint medium than that which our ancestors had to master. The genre of encaustic arts can span all ability levels, from complete beginner, through the crafts & hobby arts & on into the finest of fine arts. Generally the encaustic art product line uses heated tools to melt & apply the wax block colours onto card or other surfaces. Thin application means a rigid support is generally not necessary & fusing occurs during the application process.
encaustic.com has a number of areas & facilities to help you understand the encaustic medium in its many forms. There are videos, step by step methods for simpler work & a shop for the encaustic art range of products. The waxes in the encaustic art range are formulated with waxes and pigments only & do not contain resins of any type – resin wax formulations often contain 85% beeswax + 15% damar. Resin wax is often applied as hot wax (molten) with cold tools (usually brushes) onto a rigid surface. It then needs to be fused with a heat source to meld the layers of applied wax together properly.
There are all sorts of creative possibilities offered by the use of heat, an invisible force, to alter the structure of a solid (wax) into one of a liquid (melting). Nothing is lost, only temporarily relaxed into a workable state. Once the heat is removed from the environment of that encaustic wax the solid state returns and will hold form fairly indefinitely, unless of course further heat is introduced. There are 2 main approaches.
Hot tools melt the cold wax solid, apply and tool the wax colours and fuse them all in one go.
Cold tools take wax paint from pre-melted containers, and apply them, usually to rigid surfaces. Fusing is then necessary to meld the layers applied into one cohesive piece of work.
Michael Bossom has created a load of helpful & even inspiring video information to encourage you to explore and discover your own way of creating with encaustic art. The Encaustic Episodes DVD set is a collection of the 22.5 Youtube videos that you can watch anytime – just go to our video page or look for artsencaustic on YouTube. If you want a hard copy then this DVD is very affordable because it contains one tiny error in one of the lessons (lesson 4). But well over 4 hour worth of watching & learning.
ORIGINAL HTML SITE
The original domain of encaustic.com began back in 1996. It contains hundreds and hundreds of pieces of information and images that have helped establish the encaustic medium into contemporary understanding. The HTML fixed page style isnon-responsive. However, it’s fine on tablets or desktops, just a bit small for phones!. click to go there
Starting encaustic art is as simple as deciding to start and then getting hold of the iron, the wax colours, some cards and a place to work. Even your very first card experiment could be something that you cannot bear to part with!
The Get Started Plus pack combines the iron, artset and DVD learn the skills – 20 basic card module projects in real time – after that you will have a lot more understanding of how to express and create with some control over what you are doing.
If you want to dive in deeper into encaustic art right from the start the the Get Started BIG might be a good option for you. It has the iron, artset, low heat stylus tool for more graphical capability, and a host of information. The Wonderful Ways with Wax book is a simple hobby series that works through card projects to give you results and improved skills. The 4 DVDs all contribute toward a fuller understanding of what encaustic art can become as you continue the journey of creative exploration of the magical encaustic wax medium.
The low heat Stylus tool is designed to hold a steady temperature suitable for melting and working wax in a more careful and graphical manner. It enables more accurate control of spots, lines & shading. Graphical input is then at your fingertips! And there are a variety of interchangeable heads & tips easily swapped by loosening of the locking screw. You can even alter the shape of tips to create your own exact designs if you want. Definitely a step toward accuracy of expression with molten wax.
Encaustic art is a fascinating hobby as well as being a unique and versatile artistic medium. Anyone can explore the effects and wonders created by simply melting wax colours using a small low heat iron and working them in almost any way on the small beginners cards. Results are almost instant and greetings cards are soon in the hands of friends and family. But this simple start can become a lifelong journey of unimagined expression and evolution. Encaustic art – try it.
Wow again !! I cannot believe how quick your service is…. … just watched the dvd and it is fantastic and well worth every penny. I am an artist and do cartoons and water colour paintings and I had reached a mental block….so I thought I would get out my encaustic art again….I bought my original kit over 15 years ago. I am having such fun creating beautiful pictures in beautiful colours. Thank you again.
The package arrived this afternoon. I’ve had great fun with it! I think you slogan of “get on with it” really sums it up. Having always been one of these people afraid to make a mark on the page, getting stuck in was enormously liberating! As well as enjoying blindly jumping is and seeing what happens with no idea what I’m doing (always a good first approach I’m sure you’ll agree), I’m also finding the videos inspiring. So much creative time ahead!