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What exactly is photo encaustic art?
Watch my video for a behind the scenes look at what
goes into the making of this unique art.
I created this video to share my process of making encaustic art. This particular piece is photo encaustic art incorporating original photography and encaustic materials (beeswax and damar resin mixed with pigments) and sometimes other mixed media.
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What Is Encaustic?
Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos) and the art of encaustic painting actually dates back to ancient times. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and damar resin (crystallized tree sap). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing multiple layers of wax.
Using these encaustic techniques and its detailed process, Levine has created a one-of-a-kind piece of art, combining her original photography with the alluring textures and natural luminosity of wax.
This art is extremely archival, but as with any fine art, care should be given to each piece.
There should be no fear of the work melting in normal household conditions. The wax and resin will not melt unless exposed to temperatures over 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving a painting in as car on a hot day would not be advisable or hanging a painting in front of a window with direct desert-like sun (both because of the temperature issues and the damage sunlight causes to art). They are also sensitive to freezing cold temperatures.
Some encaustic colors tend to “bloom” or become cloudy over time. If the artwork appears indistinct, simply rub the surface with a soft cloth or nylon stocking. Otherwise these subtle changes are considered one of the unique and interesting aspects of the work, as the wax continues to cure and harden for up 1-3 years.
Some art pieces are limited edition, which means that the photographic image used to create the art will be limited to the quantity in a given size. For example, the image used in Goat#1 will only be used to create up to 125 photo encaustic pieces in the 8x8 size. Once 125 are sold in that size, Goat#1 will no longer be available.
Most of the encaustic pieces are created on wood supports with a depth of 2 inches. While they are intended for frameless display, a float frame is also an aesthetic option. It is not recommended to display or store this work behind glass. If you must store the work, keep it wrapped in freezer paper in a temperature-controlled environment. For additional information about displaying artwork, please contact your local professional fine art framer.