Are Encaustic Paintings Permanent?
Encaustic paints are perhaps the most durable form of painting. Wax itself is inherently moisture, mildew, and mold resistant as well as unappetizing to insects. The wax paint film you create on your paintings will successfully seal out moisture, acids, dirt, and even atmospheric gases. The artist grade pigments used within our paints will also not fade over time, nor will the wax yellow. As with any piece of artwork, encaustic
paintings shouldn't be displayed in direct sunlight and to dust the
painting, be sure to use a soft cloth. If properly cared for encaustic paintings will last the test of time. Simply look at the 2000-year-old Faiyum Mummy Portaits currently on display in museums. These portraits have strikingly beautiful finishes and have not cracked or darkened over time despite their age.
Will My Painting Last Over The Years?
One of the best qualities of encaustic paint is the fact that any encaustic painting can be reworked at anytime if given the addition of heat. No matter if you decide to retouch your painting a week, a month, or even years from now, you can. You can even scrape all the paint off the surface if you decide you want to start completely over. It's a wonderful quality of encaustic paint and in fact, a reason why many artists have fallen in love with the medium. Learn more about encaustic paint by visiting our history webpage.