Encaustic Prints

For a soft glow, a handmade esthetic, a connection to ancient processes, and fabulous light translucency, an encaustic print is a wonderful choice.

Encaustic is an ancient painting technique that uses wax as a binder, instead of oil or water in traditional painting. Its ancient traditions speak to its longevity, since the wax seals out water and air. I use it mainly as glue, with pigment to finish the edges of the piece.

First, I print your image onto archival rag paper, then I dip it into a mixture of beeswax and damar resin. The beeswax permeates the paper, and the damar hardens it as it dries. Then, I attach the print to a wood panel that also has a layer of wax. I adhere the paper to the panel by heating the wax layers until they meld together.

When the wax is dry and hard, it can then be buffed to a soft glow. Over time, the glow dissipates, but you can bring it back by buffing with a soft cloth. Encaustic is tougher than oil paint, but should be kept out of direct sunlight as with any fine art. Be careful not to dent or ding the surface (see care and lighting tips here) and your piece should look fabulous for years.