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17 Mar 2018, Edition - 977, Saturday


  • The Congress and other political parties have been alleging that EVMs tampered during polls and demanding reintroduction of the ballot paper system of voting.
  • J&K Minister Altaf Bukhari sings praises for Separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani | Bukhari: Geelani is a very big leader and my stature is too small
  • Pro-Khalistan terrorist convicted of killing former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh does not regreat his action, says his lawyer.
  • MS Dhoni all praise for Nepal after it was granted ODI status by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
  • Mohammed Shami issues clarification on wife’s ‘rape’ allegations
  • According to reports, a Bangladesh player broke the glass while celebrating the team’s win over Sri Lanka in the T20I Nidahas Trophy tri-series.
  • 43-year-old Tara had earlier confessed to his involvement in the assassination of Beant Singh in 1995.
  • Delhi: NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) busts big drug racket.
  • 3 Bangladeshi nationals held in Pune | Arrested nationals said to have terror links | Accused have links with Al Qaeda affiliate | ATS to probe their terror links
  • Modi and his associates allegedly defrauded Punjab National Bank of around Rs 13,000 crore through fraudulent LOUs of PNB


What is Encaustic Art? Here is your chance to know more about this ancient art form

Indrani Thakurata

Image credit : Illustrative Image

Heard about Beeswax Painting or Encaustic Art before? This art involves using heated beeswax to which coloured pigments are added. Doesn’t this sound interesting? Are you waiting to explore this art form?

Beeswax Painting is also known as Encaustic Art and interestingly, Encaustic painting is also known as hot wax painting. It isn’t a new art form, Encaustic painting dates back more than 2,000 years to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Although it is still an obscure art form, but we can see it coming, recognised, with the invention of electric heating implements.

Wax is an excellent preserver, and it was from this application that the style of encaustic painting was developed. The simplest mixture is the adding of coloured pigments to beeswax, but other recipes suggest the application of other wax, damar resin, or linseed oil. The definition of Beeswax art says, “This art involves using heated beeswax to which coloured pigments are added. The liquid or 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, but there are several other recipes that can be used—some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.”

Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface”.

“Although encaustic painting doesn’t have a place in the story of art, it has nevertheless played an important role,” says Pooja Kachroo from Bloom & Grow who have recently had a workshop on Encaustic Art.
POoja Kachroo lists down the essential elements needed for the art:
“Encaustic Art is a multifaceted, multilayered medium that involves Beeswax, Blow torch, Heat gun, Hot plate, and dammar resin — a type of tree sap in which the beeswax is cooked.

“Obtain a smooth encaustic surface with heat gun or blowtorch. Control their hand using heating appliance. Do mark markings by incising and scraping with different tool. Blend various encaustic colours and get right textures. Do Ink transfer. Do encaustic collage and embed various objects to create mixed media painting,” she concludes.