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.
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.
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.