Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Faux Encaustic...

Encaustic art is all about adding molten wax to your art piece. It's an ancient technique dating back over 3000 years ago and was used by the Egyptians. Lately I've become fascinated with the technique so I decided to play around with it.

There are a few different ways to use the molten wax. Real beeswax can be used and a fluid acrylic can be added to the wax to create different colours of wax. One can drip, pour or even use an iron to apply the wax. I have a bag of the real beeswax which I'm going to play with but first I wanted to try faux encaustic. The look and feel of real encaustic can be achieved but with using a medium instead.
In this piece of artwork I used a matte medium which I poured and dripped onto the canvas. I added a light drop of Golden Titan Buff to change the colour of the already white cloudy medium. Natural beeswax produces a shiny and bright appearance but for this piece I wanted dull and no glare.

Once the piece was dry then I went back in and rubbed Raw Umber into the faux wax. I was experimenting with this technique and was quite pleased with the appearance of it....it seemed to create the missing element that I was looking for after I thought I was finished. I usually let an art piece sit for a while before I deem it completely finished. It was at this stage that I decided that faux encaustic might do the trick. It did!

Do you think you might like to try encaustics in your own paintings? Leave me a comment.....I'm interested in what you think of this technique.


  1. I love wax! I have taken two classes now doing different things with it. I originally took a faux encaustic class though (she does similar technique to yours). I loved it!
    I bought one of Tricia's kits, but it is just sitting here. With three boys running around, I am kind of scared to get it out ... lol.
    I do really like your piece ... so thick and chunky looking = wonderful!

  2. I really like the look of this. I am just starting a class with Suzi Blu using bee's wax
    but I didn't have any and she said as an alternative we could use a matte medium. I have been chicken to try, but you have inspired me, thank you. (did you feel the earthquake today where you are? It was in Quebec but felt in Ottawa and areas around.)

  3. I like the idea of waxing a picture.. I would like to put beeswax over a picture but melting it with a little iron, but I don't have one ....yet!However at this time I still have much to learn so this will be on my back burner for a while. It is intriguing as it is such an old technique.Sylvia