Notebook, 1993-

MATERIALS & METHODS - Encaustic Wax Painting

Painting Methods - Equipment & Materials - Preparing the Colors - Binder - Supports & Grounds - Burning-in / Equipment - Care & Display

Encaustic Wax Painting
Care and Display

Encaustic paintings are not usually varnished. The wax binder protects the pigments against moisture and atmospheric impurities. Should it be desirable to protect the painting against surface grime, a thin final coating of wax paste, made as indicated... might be used. As previously noted, encaustic paintings should not be exposed to extremes of temperature, since cold may cause them to crack and extreme heat may soften the paint. However, many of the general problems in the conservation of oil and tempera paintings, such as the yellowing, embrittlement, and gradual oxidizing of drying oils, do not exist in encaustic paintings. If they are suitably protected against careless treatment, they should remain unchanged for centuries. [p. 165]

[Kay, Reed. The Painters Guide to Studio Methods and Materials. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1983.]



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