Hot Wax

I started to experiment with hot wax, also known as encaustic wax, a few years ago.

The technique was used in the Fayum mummy portraits in Egypt in AD 300 - 500. Over the years there have been various methods tried for mixing bees wax and pigments. In Greek writings it is referred to as Punic Wax.


 In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest and ready made waxes are available. These are melted using a small iron and applied to paper or card and other mediums can be introduced. 

In the work illustrated here on the right I have included tissue paper to give texture.


Other tools can be used. As well as an iron a stylus can be filled with wax which then flows out to allow fine lines to be drawn. This is useful for drawing the stems of flowers and branches of trees.

Another useful tool is similar to a hairdryer. Wax is first applied with the iron and dripped onto the picture. The hot air gun can then re-melt the wax in order to blow it into the required shapes.

                                            Mr Smudge


This was a commission and the actual finished piece is A4 size and was created in encaustic wax working from a photograph.

Please contact me if you would like a portrait of your pet or favourite animal and can supply a suitable photograh. They make a unique and lasting gifts of our treasured pets.


If you are interested in joining one of my workshops or enquiring about booking a workshop at your home where your friends can join us please email for details. All materials and tools will be supplied.