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1. A paint consisting of pigment mixed with beeswax and fixed with heat after its application.
2. The art of painting with this substance.
3. A painting produced with the use of this substance.

[Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein, enkau-, to paint in encaustic : en-, in; see en-2 + kaiein, to burn.]


(ɪnˈkɒstɪk) ceramics
(Ceramics) decorated by any process involving burning in colours, esp by inlaying coloured clays and baking or by fusing wax colours to the surface
1. (Ceramics) the process of burning in colours
2. (Ceramics) a product of such a process
[C17: from Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein to burn in, from kaiein to burn]
enˈcaustically adv


(ɛnˈkɔ stɪk)

1. painted with wax colors fixed with heat, or with any process in which colors are burned in.
2. a work of art produced by an encaustic process.
[1650–60; < Latin encausticus < Greek enkaustikós literally, for burning in (compare enkaíein to paint in this manner, literally, to burn in). See en-2, caustic]
en•caus′ti•cal•ly, adv.


The process of burning-in colors, particularly through inlaying colored clays, and by fusing or burning wax colors into the surface of ceramics.
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Noun1.encaustic - a paint consisting of pigment mixed with melted beeswax; it is fixed with heat after application
paint, pigment - a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating; "artists use `paint' and `pigment' interchangeably"
References in classic literature ?
Avoiding the popular "Wolfe collection," whose anecdotic canvases filled one of the main galleries of the queer wilderness of cast-iron and encaustic tiles known as the Metropolitan Museum, they had wandered down a passage to the room where the "Cesnola antiquities" mouldered in unvisited loneliness.
Show students several artworks by Jasper Johns, including his encaustic series of alphabets and numbers (Grey Alphabets, Device Circle, Numbers in Color).
St George's Hall has the world's best example of an encaustic tiled floor, the height of fashion in Victorian architecture.
Wax or the encaustic technique is one of the few activities not contained in the book.
The effect, in his monochromatic works of this type, is reminiscent of that of Jasper Johns's encaustic White Flag, 1955, and the younger artist's paintings have been read as an inhabitation of modernist forms with monotonous task-based operations that bespeak Binion's personal history of manual labor.
This is the first museum in the region to feature encaustic painting in a dedicated exhibition.
She will give a demonstration on using encaustic medium from 6 p.
HUDDERSFIELD Art Society has again mounted an excellent annual exhibition at Huddersfield Art Gallery, with a wide variety of subject matter and media - this time including works in photoshop and encaustic wax.
The replacement of the floor comprised in total more than 700 square metres of hand-made encaustic floor tiles.
Pieces included in the exhibition focused on mixed-media creations of encaustic, gauze, fabrics and plaster on panel and explored the concept of the vessel.
They were encaustic tiles, which meant the clay itself was coloured, as opposed to a colour being fired on to the surface.
Today Birmingham Botanical Gardens Study Centre, weekend workshop, Encaustic Art, Audrey Massey, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 10.