Original Encaustic & Mixed Medium Works

Encaustic painting and mixed medium work involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments can be added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface usually a wood panel substrate.  Encaustic medium is made by adding pigments and Damar varnish to beeswax.  Hot wax medium is applied in layers by brush or tool. Each layer must be carefully fused using a heat gun or propane blowtorch.  Dry pigments, oil pastels, oil paints, ink can be added to create line, form for various effects.

Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. As a collage artist, Scott Neste, relishes the incorporation of vintage papers, documents, book text and other porous materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to stick them to the surface.

Scott's work can be enjoyed at Minor Details studio.

Custom pieces and commissions welcome!


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