What is Encaustic Paint
Encaustic is a wax-based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment) which is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint. The word encaustic comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint.
History of Encaustic
Encaustic painting was practiced by Greek artists as far back as the 5th century B.C.
Wax is an excellent preservative of materials. It was from this use that the art of encaustic painting developed. The Greeks applied coatings of wax and pitch to weatherproof their ships. Pigmenting the wax gave rise to the decorating of warships and later, merchant ships.