Encaustic, from the Greek word enkaustikos, means “to heat or burn in”. Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and Damar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented. Pigments may be added to the medium, or purchased colored with traditional artist pigments. The medium is melted and applied with a brush or any tool the artist wishes to create from. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer.

My work is in encaustic.  Encaustic, encaustic monotypes, and cold wax and oil.  Many of my handmade books incorporate encaustic.  I think I love wax and I love the process of these mediums!

Please enter into my gallery and check out my art.


Barbara Nilsson

Encaustic, Encaustic Monotype, Cold Wax & Oil

Encaustic Monotypes

Cold Wax


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