Encaustic artist, Jamie Lee Hoffer, discusses and demonstrates making encaustic paintings and outlines the history of encaustic art. Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added.

The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface — usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used — some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.

Hoffers’s demonstration was part of an encaustic painting exhibit, LAXWAXART, a chapter of the International Encaustic Artist Association, at the WAV (Working Artists Ventura) Theater Gallery, in Ventura, CA and included encaustic artists Melissa Lackman, Robin Tripaldi and Deborah Lambert.

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Basics of Creating and Displaying Encaustic Art

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  • July 27, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    That was a treat. I’ve wanted to try encaustic painting for so many years but the process seemed rather mysterious to me; I didn’t know any other artists who were doing it. Perhaps Jamie Lee Hoffer’s demonstration will propel me to actually get the supplies and do the art.


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