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Grove City, OH

Encaustic | 2D Mixed Media
Grove City, OH
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Encaustic painting has a long history, dating back to the 5th Century B.C in Greece and Egypt. The word encaustic means “to burn in”, which refers to the process of heat-fusing the paint. Beeswax is impervious to moisture, it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow or darken.

My encaustic paintings are made with beeswax, damar resin (a natural tree sap that acts as a hardening agent), oil paint, india inks, collage and found objects (to name a few).

I start with bricks of clear wax and melt them down on electric skillets. Then I pour the melted wax into hot muffin pans and tint them with pigment powders to get the colors I want. When the wax is in a liquid form, I can paint using paintbrushes in many (MANY!!) layers, fusing each layer with a blowtorch to bond the layers together.

I love incorporating found objects, collage, or photo-transferring watercolor paintings into my finished designs. The translucency of the wax allows for a lot of depth and layering. You’ll keep finding new surprises within!

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