Sculptural Encaustic Photography Process
Encaustic medium (called paint by some) is melted beeswax and tree sap (damar resin) and was first used in Egypt about 3,000 years ago.
Because it sealed out moisture, it was used on everything from ships, architecture, statues & sarcophagi--to paintings.
Today, it’s used mostly to paint and sculpt. When used on photographs, beautiful textures can be crafted, sculptural details emphasized, and embellishments added.
Whether I make my own encaustic medium or purchase it, I always begin with a primed [white] 1.5" deep cradled board matching the size of my image.
I select my photograph based on a combination of the following: