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Beeswax Paints (B)

Most people don’t know that the Ancient Greeks and Romans mainly used beeswax as a binder in their painting. They discovered the many possibilities of this soft and strong form of painting. Encaustic is one of the oldest forms of painting and it forms a thick layer of opaque colour. In this course you will learn to handle hot beeswax as a binder as it was used in Roman times. Our guides are the Fayum portraits, these paintings are of Romans who lived in the 1st century AD in Egypt. They were painted in encaustic by well-trained Greek painters. We follow the genesis of these portraits with their typical order of colours and their effective painting procedure. The Romans  also used saponified beeswax (an alkaline process) in a paint called Punic Wax. The origins of this paint go back to Cartago and the Phoenician art of the saponification of oils and waxes. Punic wax turns out to be one of the most comfortable paints and surely deserves to be called ‘the acrylics of the Ancient world’. Punic wax possesses an extremely soft appearance that looks like fresco. The possibilities of Punic wax are endlessly: it works well on stone, weather-beaten wood, rusty iron and rocks. Finally, we will see the possibilities of polished wax as a binder for paintings. This is a kind of hybrid painting which combines the benefits of both wax and oil. For this paint turpentine is used as a solvent.

7 lessons Every Wednesday from May 2019 until June2019

Fee € 455,-

Instruction video Punic Wax.
Video by former student AKA (2017).

Beeswax Paints (B)
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