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About Encaustic Art

Encaustic Art, also known as hot wax painting, is one of the oldest art forms in the world. The earliest known application of this art form can be traced back to Ancient Greece. The name Encaustic itself is derived from the Greek word ‘enkaustikos’ meaning ‘to burn in.’ This form of painting involves using pigmented beeswax which is applied to a surface with the help of a heating tool like the Encaustic iron. There is an array of tools that can be used to manipulate the paint before it cools, or one can use hot air guns or heated metal tools to shape the cooled wax. The surface used for this kind of painting is usually wood, but one can also use canvas, paper and other materials.

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