Rosamond Gross


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A Closer Look

A Closer Look

encaustic paint tray

encaustic medium and palettes


embedded object in encaustic





Encaustic paint is a wax-based paint whose history dates as far back as the 5th century B.C.  It is a versatile method of painting using beeswax and pigment kept molten on a heated palette. A resin such as damar, essentially a hardened tree sap, is combined with the beeswax.  Paint can be applied to a surface by brushing, pouring, or dipping.  Layers are built up and fused together with heat, allowing the artist to etch into the surface, embed found objects, and transfer Xerox imagery. I frequently collage tissue paper, charcoal and graphite drawings, and thread into my encaustic pieces. Resources for more information on encaustic history, process, and materials are linked below: