Encaustic painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface like wood, canvas and card paper. Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted.

This technique was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300 AD, as well as in many works of 20th-century North American artists.

In the 20th century, painter Fritz Faiss (1905–1981), rediscovered the so-called “Punic wax” technique of encaustic painting. Encaustic art has seen a resurgence in popularity since the 1990s with people using electric irons, hotplates and heated stylus on different surfaces including card, paper and even pottery.

…… From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Encaustic_painting

  1. Encaustic Iron
  2. Colored beeswax blocks
  3. Surface like: wood, canvas, card paper
  4. Metal tools & brushes for shaping, sculpting, texturing the art.