Encaustic is the ancient technique of painting with pigmented beeswax. Encaustic photography is a contemporary modification that uses the wax to create luminous texture, depth, and lustre to photographs.
I favour two encaustic photography techniques in particular:
In the first I use brushing, carving, scraping and burnishing techniques to build up surface texture alternately laying down layers followed by more wax and heat to increase this texture.
In the second technique I create a smooth finish, creating a lustrous and archival veneer.
Each image is mounted on a substrate -- wood, plaster, paper or canvas and worked with wax creating a one-of-a-kind piece, though the photograph may be reproduced, each wax encaustic piece is unique.
PhotoEncaustic prices start at $35 for a 5x7" matted, $50 for a 5x7" wrapped canvas -- for an existing photograph (copyright free images). Please contact me for pricing larger sizes. Plus shipping.
Encaustic can fog, known as a bloom on the surface of the wax. I find the bloom adds to the ethereal quality of the technique.
As with all art, encaustic should not be displayed in direct sunlight, or close to a heart source. Nor should it be exposed to extreme temperatures for any prolonged period of time.
If you have any questions or comments about this work, i would love to hear from you!