Encaustic is an ancient painting medium. The Egyptians and the ancient Romans used beeswax based paints and the work has lasted for centuries. The encaustic technique involves suspending pigments in a hot wax medium and applying to a rigid support. I enjoy exploring all of the creative possibilities of this technique and I'm having a lot of fun with it! As with mixed media work, this medium is very receptive to layering. I enjoy embedding photos on thin papers and other ephemera, and layer with both opaque and translucent hot wax. I make my own medium (a combination of 85% beeswax and 15% damar resin) and I mix my own colors, using raw and manufactured pure pigments suspended in the melted medium.