en·​caus·​tic | \ in-ˈkȯ-stik How to pronounce encaustic (audio) \

Definition of encaustic

: a paint made from pigment mixed with melted beeswax and resin and after application fixed by heat also : the method involving the use of encaustic or a work produced by this method

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encaustic adjective

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Door knobs, orange juice container caps, egg cartons, wine bottle corks, doll heads, and fan blades were just some of the materials used to create sculptures, lamps, textiles, and encaustics. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Trashion Show's Message: Reduce, Reuse, Recyle," 16 May 2018 No wonder those North African ancients chose encaustic specifically for mummy portraits. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Does the Broad's new Jasper Johns exhibition hit the bull's-eye? It gets darn close," 9 Feb. 2018 Themes of light, darkness, expansion and contraction run through this group show, which features artists working in various mediums: painting, sculpture, printmaking, wood carving, encaustic and more. Amy Wang | The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "8 arts picks: A new classical music festival, theater, dance, art," 18 Jan. 2018 All the pieces use clay, glaze, gold leaf, wax encaustic and other materials to create hybrid worlds and creatures, transforming human figures into hanging gardens and vice versa. Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times, "September gallery highlights: From Antarctic ice to apocalyptic flames," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of encaustic

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for encaustic

encaustic, adjective, from Latin encausticus, from Greek enkaustikos, from enkaiein to burn in, from en- + kaiein to burn

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