Encaustic process

Encaustic process

The simplest mixing in encaustic can be done by adding powdered paint in beeswax.




Encaustic portrait of Jesus Christ

Image of Christ, 6th-7th century, Ag.Aikaterinis Monastery, Mount Sinai, painted in Egypt or Constantinople / city.
This encaustic image of the "Almighty" is the monastery of Ag.Aikaterinis in Jerusalem. The first step was to copy the design and study tumors of the image.

From the beginning I had the dilemma of the technique will follow. If I must say to approach the work as a portrait painting Byzantine hagiography.

In any case I decided to use materials that would find easily in the laboratory and could safely ensure project completion. There are two issues to keep in mind those who follow this procedure:

1. The wax and solvent (white spirit) in combination with the flame from the fire create a dangerous combination that can generate uncontrolled fire outbreak. That's why I always use small amounts with safeguards for possible leakage-flammable material.
2. dimiougountai fumes from the burning of the candle, and the solvent is hazardous and requires properly ventilated and avoid inhaling the products of combustion.

1. Create a hot surface

A simple and easy way to create a warm surface to over there to melt the wax and anamichthei to the pigment is that of photography.

Of course there are commercial solutions but the relative cost:

2. Mix material

The process is to add all of our materials on hot surface and mix them. Normally I use colors in powder (hagiography) where, with the addition of wax or resin and optionally other hardener create the desired color. Similarly doulefome and greater surface:


3. Color Transfer

Transfer with a spatula

Transfer with a spatula


The transfer of color from the hot surface to the work is done at high speed and as the wax remains hot enough to be placed in the desired region. We could epimykinoume this time if simultaneously with the transfer of color have kept hot and the painted surface using a hot air gun or a calcined a metal assistant.

The classical brushes are not suitable for this job. More preferred are the metalware brushes like these:

Transfer with a brush

Transfer with a brush

4. Smoothing


There are many tools with which we can "pave" the color and smooth out differences. I prefer using a classic soldering iron in which I have placed at the edge of a metal plate, both to belittle the high temperature produced by kolitiri but I nametatrepo plate very quickly in any form I wish.

But it is worth to spend little money for a suitable tool:



The above procedure is dangerous.

About me

My name is Anastasios Mavroudis (Tasos).I was born on 1968 in Thessaloniki, Greece. I live and work in U.K.

In this site I present part of my art work which is based on my studies of Hagiography in School of Hagiography of Larissa Municipality and in school of Art Kl. Hatzinikou.


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