Lisa DeBaets

As a kid, I loved playing in warm candle wax. Now I get to create artwork with amazing colorful wax and – I get to use a torch!

Encaustic medium is made with beeswax, damar resin (a natural tree sap that acts as a hardening agent), and pigment. This ancient medium can be traced back thousands of years to realistic, life-sized mummy portraits found in Egyptian temples. The word encaustic means to burn in, which refers to the process of fusing the paint with a torch to the layer beneath. Beeswax is impervious to moisture, it will not deteriorate, yellow or darken.

The fluid nature of encaustic painting and encaustic monotype printmaking allow for a variety of styles and techniques. Encaustic paint applied in its hot, melted form, dries instantly as it cools and can be manipulated to create dramatic effects. Its unique properties make it appear wet, solid, translucent, opaque, smooth, highly textural, thick or thin. It can be polished to an enamel-like gloss or used to create a more textural matte surface with a luminosity that seems to glow with richness and depth. The experimental nature and techniques of encaustic painting always reveals intriguing surprises and new ideas.​

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