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A Remarkable Way For You To Learn Different Encaustic Painting Techniques

June 8, 2012 | Author: KristaMcCandle | Posted in Uncategorized

Encaustic painting happens to be one of the world’s oldest forms of art. According to encaustic painting history, Ancient Greece artists are associated with the earliest applications of this type of painting (which includes the using of wax paint). ‘Encaustic’ comes from ‘encaustikos,’ (a Greek word) that means ‘to burn in,’ and refers to how the paint layers are combined together. This particular form of painting ‘disappeared’ from history for quite a number of years; yet, in the 1950s it was revived by Jasper Johns, who numerous in the art world refer to the ‘father of modern encaustic painting.’ Johns notably used this medium in his very own Target and Flags paintings.

The paint needed for encaustic wax painting is generally made from pigment, damar resin, and also beeswax. The melting point of the beeswax is about 150F (which is rather low), and has to be strained several times, so that all the impurities are taken out. Due to the fact that the beeswax’s melting level is so low, damar resin needs to be added in order to bring the melting point up to around 165F, and also to act as a type of hardening agent. This will cause the encaustic to have a slight enamel finish, immediately after it has cooled.

If you are interested in learning to do this particular type of art form, there are several encaustic painting supplies that you will need. Initially you will need a type of heat source. You may choose to use a little something as basic as a pancake griddle or a hot plate, or you can buy a fancier type of heat source from an arts retail outlet. Secondly, you will need to encaustic paint. If you would like, you can make your own paint from scratch, or maybe you can purchase it ready made. The paint is then melted down in some type of metal (such as muffin tins, or else old soup cans). New colors can be created by mixing different paints together, once molten. The medium that is generally used is resin without the pigment and beeswax; yet somehow, other mediums can be used, and include: oil pastels, pigment sticks, and oil paint. Keep in mind that plastic, water colors or acrylics are not workable for encaustic.

To facilitate you to have a great painting, it is necessary that you take care in selecting the grounds and supports. This is important, as using the incorrect type of grounds or supports will result in your painting to break; thus, it is advised that you not use oil primer or acrylic gesso, simply because they tend to peel away from the grounds used. The very best types of grounds to use are: naturally raw canvas that has been stretched over wood panel or board, hardboard which has been primed using Holy Grail, untempered masonite, claybord, and also wood panels (such as plywood, birch, and luan).

Some other supplies that you will need to accomplish an encaustic painting include: porous surface materials (clay, paper, wood, etc.); mark-making tools that are non-melting; paintbrushes (with bristles that does not melt); spatulas and small torches; thermometer; heat gun; and palette cups.

One of the best methods to learn how to create this form of painting is simply by watching an encaustic painting video online. These videos will provide you with all the details that you need to learn about this particular type of art form. Online videos are also a great way in order to learn different encaustic painting techniques, which will help you to create better paintings.

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