Hot Wax/Cool Art is currently on display in the Loft Gallery showcasing CAC encaustic artists! What do you get when you combine molten beeswax with Damar resin? It's amazing the variety of things you can do with this medium. It can be used like paint with colored waxes, carved like ceramics, collaged with images and photographs, textured in either traditional or contemporary genres and much more.
Encaustics literally means "Hot Wax" in Greek. Artists heat clear or pigmented bars of wax to at least 180 degrees on griddles until it melts. It can then be brushed onto rigid surfaces like birch panels or cradled panels. From there they are free to try any of the techniques that are demonstrated in class to them one week at a time. Some of these techniques include incising, using a hot iron, collage, image transfers, accretion, adding rust, building texture with papers, adding embellishments, embossing, dipping papers into wax and adding them etc. A heat gun fuses the layers as they go.