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Caring for Encaustic Art

Is this going to melt off the wall?! If it’s made from wax how do you keep it from melting when you’re done?! I get these questions a lot about my artwork because encaustic is a wax-based paint. But encaustic isn’t made with wax alone. It’s beeswax that’s been blended with damar resin to add hardness and elevate the overall melting temperature. This makes encaustic medium very stable and durable.


Another question people ask often is: “If I put it in the sun will it melt⁉️ “ The answer is yes!


If you put any fine art in direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time it will be damaged ...and encaustic is no different.


Here are my tips for taking care of your encaustic art: ~Keep your artwork out of prolonged direct sunlight.

~Away from any heating device that gets above 145°F

~Don’t store it in an area that could exceed 140°F

~Don’t store it in a place that drops below 40°F Handle your encaustic like a piece of fine art. Care for it as you would any other fine art media and your encaustic work will endure.


In fact: encaustic is one of the most archival paint mediums available!


You can learn more about how to take care of your encaustic art here.


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