Your shopping cart is empty.
Dec 28, 2016
Originally published on January 28, 2013
We’re accustomed to seeing beeswax sold at farmer’s markets, its name emblazoned on golden rectangular or hexagonal bars as if to authenticate its purity. Why?
There are many types of wax (like paraffin and microcrystalline) that are derived from petroleum and other sources, but none of them can hold a candle to beeswax. Indeed, beeswax is a 100% natural product and is non-toxic. You can find it in furniture and floor wax, wax paper, cosmetics and ointments, candles, and of course, encaustic paints where it is the main ingredient.
But first, what’s the buzz about beeswax? Bees secrete wax in small
flakes from glands on the underside of their abdomen, thereby creating
honeycombs. After the honey is extracted, the comb is melted to
It is an organic product whose yellowish color is the result of pollen picked up by bees as they go about their business. Like honey, the deepness of the yellow color varies according to flowers in the area. The wax can be bleached in two ways, by adding chemicals or through mechanical filtration. The first method will result in the wax yellowing over time.
The second method, which I prefer, uses filters to mechanically remove the pollen, and is further bleached by the sun. It will not discolor over time. Because this is a tedious process that requires special skills and materials, I purchase beeswax that’s already mechanically filtered.
Painting with beeswax, or encaustic painting, began centuries ago but
its popularity waned with the introduction of oils, acrylics and other media
due to the latter’s portability and ease of use. We have observed the
discoloration of oil paintings from restored examples in art galleries and
museums. By comparison, encaustics show comparatively little signs
of fading or discoloration.
This is because beeswax is impervious to water, and its waxy surface protects it from the deteriorating effects of smoke and other pollution.
When the waxy surface dulls, a quick buff with a soft cloth restores its
Even Egyptian funerary portraits from 100 A.D. appear remarkably supple with a depth and luminosity unparalleled in other media. In spite of the extra material demands and higher expense of working with encaustics, beeswax paintings have an unmistakable allure and freshness that’s contributing to their comeback. If only everything could stay forever young!
The Art Storefronts Organization has verified that this business has provided a returns & exchanges policy for all art purchases.
If you are not satisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return the items for a full refund, less the cost of shipping. All products are guaranteed to arrive safely. If an item is damaged during shipping, please email me immediately at email@example.com for further instructions.
This website provides a secure checkout with SSL encryption.
The Art Storefronts Organization has verified that this Art Seller has published information about the archival materials used to create their products in an effort to provide transparency to buyers.
Papers: A smooth 100% acid-free cotton rag, natural white, heavyweight fine art paper. Archival, museum quality. Light fastness rating of 100+ years. Canvas Prints: Archival, top quality, museum grade canvas. When viewed under proper conditions, you can expect from 100 – 200 years of life .
This is only visible to you because you are logged in and are authorized to manage this website. This message is not visible to other website visitors.
Click on any Image to continue
The above preview shows how to use the live preview on this website. The image displayed is just an example, and is not available for sale.
This means you can use the camera on your phone or tablet and superimpose any piece of art onto a wall inside of your home or business.
To use this feature, Just look for the "Live Preview AR" button when viewing any piece of art on this website!
Below, select which favorite lists you would like to save this product into.
ON YOUR FIRST PRINT ORDER!
Enter your email below and we'll send you a 20% OFF COUPON right now!