Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax

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With a history that stretches back to the hauntingly beautiful mummy portraits of Greco-Roman Egypt, encaustic art is now enjoying a renewal of popularity among artists and art lovers alike. Today, museums are staging exhibitions of encaustic art, workshops in the technique are thriving, and art collectors and dealers are assimilating encaustic art into their collections and galleries.

The word encaustic is taken from the Greek and means “to burn in.” In the encaustic process, pigmented wax is applied and then fused to a surface with heat. The result is a broad range of surface effects and a luminous translucency that is unique to the encaustic medium. Encaustic Art is a complete resource for artists who wish to learn to create fine art with wax. It features step-by-step techniques with easy-to-understand instructions and detailed illustrations, stunning examples of encaustic works of art (including sculpture), along with practical advice and thoughtful aesthetic observations from more than 60 professional artists working in the encaustic medium.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099283
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Great book

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 2, 2017
By Rosier
Very thorough explanation of encaustic history and process for both beginner and advanced artists. Many photographs to illustrate techniques, inspire and create. Useful advice for safety and creating your own studio. Great book.

Well written. Full of guidance and examples.

 on January 3, 2018
Well written. Full of guidance and examples.

Can’t Wait To Get Started

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 17, 2014
By Avid Reader
I’ve recently gone back to school to finish my art degree and had come across a blurb on encaustic art. I am so intrigued by this medium and have started researching the process, equipment, etc. This book is wonderfully informative without being overwhelming or too detailed that the joy is lost in the process. I have a semester and a half left and am waiting until then to focus on purchasing the necessary items to get started.

Using Modern Materials for an Ancient Art

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 16, 2013
By Joyce E.
I borrowed the book from the library and after about three weeks knew I wanted it in my own collection. A professional artist for more than 50 years, I have been painting with encaustics for about 2 years. This book guides the user into a greater experience with its detailed instructions. The encaustic medium allows for a lot of experimenting, mixed media and a number of different techniques. An imagination inspiring book with technical details for using modern tools to create fine art by professional artists.

The Best Encaustic Book Ever!

11 people found this helpful.
 on December 2, 2010
By Suzanne Desrosiers
Lissa Rankin, M.D. and author, has outdone herself with this book. From the quality of the paper to the incredibly insightful and helpful contents, this book is surely the winner. For all you newbies and seasoned artists who use beeswax and resin as their medium, you will not be disappointed. Although some of the other encaustic books are helpful, this one says and shows it all.

Best of the rest

2 people found this helpful.
 on January 19, 2015
By K. Armstrong
Best of the rest! I bought several other books and received some books with the materials I bought. But I have since put the others away and just use this one. I had never done encaustic work before so I needed all the info!

Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax

5 people found this helpful.
 on July 19, 2011
By Inara
This book provides excellent information regarding artists, their techniques, and approach to encaustic painting. The incredible variation in possibilities is exciting and inspiring. I purchased this prior to taking an encaustic workshop at the Peninsula School of Art in Wisconsin sponsored by R&F Paint Company. It was very helpful in my preparation and review of workshop information. I love painting with a torch and am now re-vamping my studio to accommodate encaustic painting.

Five Stars

 on March 18, 2017
By Andrea Juillerat-Olvera
Excellent text, filled with good information and lovely photos.

Perfect Book For Beginners

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 24, 2014
By Sandy Simonian
I love this book, lots of good instruction!

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