Encaustic art is the art of using coloured wax as a painting medium. Having a heated iron, either of the domestic variety or with stylus-like tips instead of brushes takes a little getting used to, but oil painters who are familiar with knives may feel more at home. There’s no doubt that the colours can be extremely vibrant, but Michael also uses traditional media to create more subtle effects and also set off highlights created with the waxes.
Although there is a good introduction to materials and equipment, this is not a primer and you may well benefit from something more elementary before embarking on some of the ideas included here. There’s no doubt, though, that you can produce some rewarding results.
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