ENCAUSTIC is a term used to describe the method of using pigmented wax to create images by burning in layers of color. It is also possible to imbed collage materials, to scrape, or paint with the hot wax. The many layers of wax when polished to a high gloss can reflect light as it passes through the surface. This method creates a beautiful effect, sometimes like enamel.
Encaustic is a very old medium, used by the Greeks and Egyptians before oils and tempera. It has resurfaced today because of the advances of technology and the availability and ease of use of modern heating tools.
Click on a thumbnail below to see a larger version of a few of
Carolyn Witschonke's encaustics.