Caring for your Encaustic Painting
The word encaustic means "to heat" or "to burn." This medium consists of purified beeswax melted with damar crystals and pigment. Heat is applied with every layer using a blowtorch. For storage, protect the surface with glassine and cushioning material. Prop painting against back edge; do not put pressure on the painted edge. Avoid extreme heat (direct sunlight) and cold, as well as immediate contact with the textured side of bubble wrap. Encaustic is a dynamic material and will continue to bloom over time. Before exhibiting the work remove dust with a slightly damp, clean, soft, cotton cloth. Then gently buff with a dry clean, soft, cotton cloth to restore brilliance. To keep brilliance, gently buff with a dry clean, soft, cotton cloth to maintain shine whenever the painting loses it's shine.