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encaustic


Encaustic is an ancient painting technique. The paint, which uses wax as the primary vehicle, is made by mixing finely ground pigment (not tempera paint) with white purified beeswax and resin. While the artist works, the mixture is kept on a heated palette so that it stays semi-fluid. The paint is applied with painting knives or stiff natural bristle brushes, or is poured onto the surface. It may be applied in a thin film or built up to a low relief. Once finished, the entire painting is heated until it develops a satin-like sheen. This is called burning in and is how the process gets its name: encaustic is derived from a Greek word meaning to burn in. Heat helps fuse paint to a uniform layer and bond it to the support. Once solid, the paintings surface may be buffed gently with a silk cloth. Encaustic is as permanent as most mediums. On a very hot day the surface may get tacky and extreme temperature will cause damage. Special care must be taken when an encaustic painting is shipped. Commercially prepared encaustic products are available for those artists who do not want to work with dry pigment.


narrative painting

A painting or sculpture whose composition, colors, and subject are selected to tell a story.

Example: Trajan's Column, Rome, Italy, 113

non figurative

An aspect of modern art in which pieces of art contain no recognizable figures or objects, as opposed to figurative art.

Example: Sam Francis' Around the Blues, 1957/1962

non-photo

A very pale blue that is invisible to a camera or photo­copier. A non-photo pen or pencil may be used to make notes on an original: paper may be printed with a non-photo blue grid to allow for easy line-up. In either case, as copiers become more sensitive, you should advise your customer to test these products first.

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