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COVID-19 UPDATE 18 AUGUST 2020.

The Encaustic Art Plus workshop at Elsecar Heritage Centre is now open to customers again. However in order to stay open, we have to comply with and follow the governments strict guidelines for non-essential retail businesses that wish to re-open. In order to keep both our customers and staff safe, face masks must be worn in our workshop at all times unless you have a genuine medical exemption.

If you wish to visit the workshop at Elsecar Hertitage Centre, please phone me on 07824813003 before travelling to make sure that we are not shut for any unforseen circumstances in order to avoid any dissapointment.

Also this number is available for anyone wishing to call me for any Encaustic Art related quieries and also to make provisional bookings for 2021 and beyond.

Any customers wishing to order online via Amazon or Etsy can still do so - Thank You for your understanding.

What is Encaustic Art?

Wax painting, or – to use its grander title – encaustic art, is a wonderfully simple decorating technique, which gives great results in minutes. Unlike many crafts, it really is as easy as it looks: there are just a few basic techniques to master before you start to produce your own quite spectacular results.

A little history.

Wax painting isn’t as modern as it may appear. In fact, the mummy portraits of Roman Egypt are the earliest examples of encaustic painting known to us – the oldest of them dating from AD 30-40, the latest from about AD 300. Having been preserved by an unusually dry climate, these wonderful pieces of art can be seen in museums all over the world.

Encaustic Art today.

It is only in recent times that new techniques have stimulated a revival of interest in the subject, Michael Bossom experimented with the form, to develop many of the tools and much of the equipment now available to write two books on the subject. Today many encaustic artists use a small flat iron, stylus, hotplate, heat gun and coloured bees wax blocks to create the vibrant art work you see before you has been created by artist Brian Nelson.