About Encaustic Art
Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment), that is kept molten on a heated palette and then fused, (or re-melted). The word encaustic comes from Greek and means 'to burn in', which refers to the process of fusing the paint. Due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture, it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow and does not require the use of any chemical solvents. The surface can be polished to a high gloss, it can be modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with collage materials. It cools immediately, so that there is no drying time, yet it can always be reworked. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass.
Since encaustic painting is made with wax, extreme hot conditions could change the art. Indoor environments, even very warm ones, are not usually hot enough to melt wax—although it is not advised to place the painting in direct sunlight. Cars are the greatest hazard because the heat of the sun is intensified through car windows. It takes at least 160 degrees to bring wax to a molten state.
Like any piece of artwork, if handled with care, it will last a lifetime.