Introduction to Encaustic Painting Class, March 24, 2018

Learn the exciting ancient art of encaustic painting in a two-hour workshop offered by a professional encaustic studio located in Loudoun County, Virginia.  Anne Stine Fine Art Studio offers an encausitc painting class with personal instruction from an experienced encaustic artist and the opportunity to work with professional supplies and tools in a relaxed creative environment. Read more about encaustic on the studio’s Q&A page.

In this class, students will learn encaustic painting techniques including layering pigmented wax, burning shellac and applying alcohol inks for visual texture. Students will have the opportunity to practice techniques on a practice board before completing an 8″x8″ encaustic mixed media painting on cradled wood panel that will be ready to hang. All supplies included. This is a great class for all levels of artists and no experience is necessary. Class size limited to six.

Classes are held at the 425 sq. ft.  Anne Stine Fine Art Studio at 37949 Sayre Court, Purcellville, Virginia. Students need to be 16 or older to participate. Class fee is $89.

Here are some responses from students when asked, “What were your key take-aways from this class?”

“That the possibilities are endless!”

“How fun this medium is and how flexible!”

“I need to practice! But, seriously, really enjoyed playing with the wax and would love to have another chance. It was a great class.”


Not familiar with encaustic?

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An example of an encaustic mixed media painting using burn-in technique with shellac.


Encaustic paint is simply a combination of beeswax, damar (tree sap) resin, and pigment. It is kept molten on a heated palette and applied to a surface and reheated to fuse the paint into a uniform enamel-like finish. The ancient Greeks developed encaustic over 2,000 years ago. The word encaustic derives from the Greek word enkaustikos, meaning “to heat” or “to burn”. The wax layers of an encaustic painting need to be “burned in”. This means fusing the layers of wax together with heat to ensure that the different layers of wax are bonded together and will not flake apart.

To paint with encaustic, you use a pancake griddle with an adjustable temperature gauge and a grill thermometer to know the exact temperature of the wax at all times. Then, you use a heated tool such as an heat gun, a craft iron, heated stylus, or a torch to manipulate the wax once it is on the surface. Once the surface has cooled, encaustic paints present a permanent lustrous enamel appearance, yet the painting can be revised and reworked at any time.



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All ready for class!

Ready to jump into the exciting world of encaustics? Register here to view class details and purchase your spot in a class.

Check the events page for a schedule of upcoming classes.

Learn more about Anne Stine.


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