Whilst a closely guarded secret for centuries many painters such as Da Vinci, Edwards, Muntz, Reynolds are all known to have experimented with the encaustic process. In more recent times artists such as Rivera, Aronson and Jasper Johns became accomplished encaustic artists.
In 1986 Welshman Michael Bossom overcame the difficulties in the encaustic process by using modern thermostatically controlled equipment. He then developed a range of tools, pre-coloured wax blocks, instruction books and DVD’s. These products assist enthusiasts to quickly master the encaustic process as no conventional painting skills are required. To quote Michael “To be creative you can’t exactly know what you are doing”, and “this requires a certain attitude of trust or faith as creativity is simply your willingness to take a step beyond”.
See www.encaustic.com for more information.