8x18x1.5” wooden panel. This was an experiment with the focus on really playing with texture. There was many layers of beeswax and mulberry paper embedded to make the whole painting pop out. Colored wax and oil paint was added to create highlights and shadows within the piece. In my process i use hot tools such as a blowtorch, garment iron, and a hot griddle to melt the wax, mix in dried pigments to make colors and paint on wooden panels. Encaustic is impervious to moisture. Colors mixed or encased within layers of encaustic will not yellow or change over time. Therefore, pigments should retain their original luminosity for years to come.
As it cures, a process that takes about 1 year from the date the painting was completed, encaustic actually gets more transparent. When on display, plain Beeswax on its own will sometimes get cloudy blooms, making the work less transparent. Not so with encaustic. Encaustic will not get cloudy over time. This is because encaustic medium is not only beeswax, but also is made with a resin.