Photo Encaustic – True Love
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Photo Encaustic – True Love

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I have been experimenting with beeswax and damar resin as a coating for my fine art prints for awhile. Lots of trial and error, reading about mixtures, application, finishing. But I finally think I have it down now to a process where I really love the end result. (Special thanks to Pete Kelly, an amazing fine art encaustic photographer, for sharing his process.) Fittingly, the first image that’s a keeper is titled ‘True Love’.

Close-up shot to show the texture of the beeswax and resin
Close-up shot to show the texture of the beeswax and resin

Using beeswax is an ancient process to preserve art work – dating back centuries. Adding damar resin (a tree sap) in small porportions gives the wax a sheen. The end result is a textured, durable surface that is polished to a shine.

This image was printed on heavy fine art bamboo paper and then mounted to a cradled birch panel. The paper was coated with a satin varnish first and then finished with the beeswax/damar resin mix.

Finished piece on birch panel.
Finished piece on birch panel.