The Aug. 13 member meeting of the Macon County Art Association will feature a demonstration of an ancient and beautiful art medium; “Encaustic.” Encaustic Artist Mary Farmer of Asheville is presenting this free demonstration which will be held from 1-2 p.m. and is open to the pubic.
Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid/paste is then applied to a surface — usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax.
Encaustic painting was developed by the ancient Greek shipbuilders, who used hot wax to fill the cracks in their ships. Color was added and this led to painting on the surface of the waxed hull and an art form was born.