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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"
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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.
St George's Hall has the world's best example of an encaustic tiled floor, the height of fashion in Victorian architecture.
The art center also features the work of Ken Azzari, who also uses encaustic and other artistic media, in a show called "One Artist's Approach," and artist Iraenah Garoutte's acrylic collection, "Where People Live.
Brief demonstrations augment every section: Using encaustic wax is one such page, as is another on blending colored pencil.
A front door with stained glass window leads into a fine hallway with spindle staircase and patterned encaustic floor tiles.
Handmade encaustic tiles act as inspiration for the Retro Collection, which features soft earthy tones conceptualized from current contemporary trends.
Multiple media types are on display, including oil, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, glass mosaic, stained glass, graphite, encaustic and photographs.
When I started to make objects--I'm thinking here of my early encaustic paintings -1 thought in terms of the length of my arm and then later my height and how wide the brushstroke was or how wide my body was.
This makes for a satisfying juxtaposition with Appel's meat paintings, in which the artist trades such airy near-nothings for the fatty heft of encaustic.
She recently taught an Encaustic Art class which showed students how to create pieces using an ancient Grecian technique that uses hot molten wax.
One of Milly's pieces on display incorporated encaustic art using wax and salt painting.
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