An original encaustic nature print on panel, wired and ready to hang. (See below for more information on encaustic).
This piece is part of a larger series of encaustic nature prints. Encaustic is a wax-based paint, made up of filtered beeswax, pigment, and natural tree resin. To create an encaustic nature print, leaves and other botanicals are pressed directly into the surface while the wax is still warm, leaving a surprisingly detailed impression. Layers of paint are built up, and the delicate veins and textures are highlighted with oil paint, creating a record of each unique plant.
This particular piece was made using a cutting from an ornamental bamboo plant that used to grow outside the window of my art studio in Portland, OR.
Encaustic is an ancient medium, and archeologists have found encaustic artwork on wood and linen that's over 2000 years old, and in good condition. The tree resin raises the melting point of the wax, as well as making the final surface harder, shinier, and more durable. While some collectors new to encaustic have concerns regarding its fragility, the medium is actually quite strong and archival. Encaustic, like any fine art, is best displayed out of direct sunlight and in a room that is between 50 and 100 degrees Farenheit (10 to 38 degrees Celsius).