Encaustic Care

Mixed Media Encaustic

Care for your encaustic painting
Encaustic is a beeswax based paint that consists of beeswax, dammar resin, and pigment. It is kept molten on a heated palette, applied to a surface and reheated to fuse the paint into a uniform enamel-like finish.  

Encaustic is one of the most archival mediums but it does require some care and consideration. Although it takes extreme heat or cold to really cause a problem, keeping temperatures regulated is recommended. Wax melts at 150 degrees but it may start to show effects to the surface before that. Exposure to freezing temperatures should also be avoided.

Always protect the surface and edges of the encaustic painting when moving.  Although the surface is completely dry, encaustic paintings can be scratched, gouged, or chipped if handled roughly.  When being handled, special care is advised to the edges and corners.

Installation of an encaustic painting is no different than any other valued piece of art. It is not necessary to put your encaustic artwork under glass as glass may stick to the surface. If you would like to frame your artwork I would suggest a float frame. Encaustic paintings should be kept out of direct sunlight and away from fireplaces or other heating sources.

Encaustic paintings are extremely durable due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture. Because of this it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow, and it will not darken.  Examples of encaustic paintings have survived from the Greek and Roman empires and are still as vibrant and colorful today as they were when they were painted.  

Encaustic paint will continue to cure and harden after completion; in this process the surface may lose some of its original luster and sheen. The finish can be easily restored by gently buffing the surface with a soft lint free cotton cloth.

If you have any question or need your painting repaired in any way please feel free to contact me.