I had the pleasure of filming artist Linda Nunes demonstrate the ancient process of encaustic artwork. I have seen this work but never knew exactly how it was done. This is a great video to learn from if you are interested in encaustic work. This video will be playing on her website at LNunesArt.com where more of her works can be found.
Artwork By Linda Nunes
Video By: JM Knudsen @jmknudsen, jmknudsen.tumblr.com
*Encaustic is an ancient painting method where beeswax is melted, mixed with damar resin then applied to a surface. Its beginnings date back to Trojan ships that were sealed with color wax. First century Roman authors spoke of using heated wax and early Egyptians used the encaustic method to create funeral portraits.
*The word encaustic derived from the Greek Language meaning "to burn," and refers to the process of melting layers of wax together.
*The surface can be colored, sculpted, textured, combined with collage materials and polished to a high gloss. It cools immediately, requires no drying time, sealant or glass protection. Its long-lasting durability is based on encaustic's absolute resistance to moisture. Various well-preserved ancient artworks were created in this medium.
*A few notable nineteenth and twentieth century artists who used encaustic include Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Diego Rivera, Jackson Pollack, Jasper Johns and Brice Marden