Tiny Treasures

I just love these miniature artworks by Portland artist Alexandra Peterson! She draws the picture, mounts it on wood, then seals it with "encaustic", which is a type of varnish she makes herself.
My encaustic media is a carefully controlled combination of all natural beeswax and damar resin. Damar resin is from trees that grow in the East Indies. When melted and mixed with the beeswax, it produces a harder, more durable material, with a distinct luminous quality.

See more at her Etsy shop. Link

Peterson is also giving away one of her drawings at her blog. Link

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correction and correction. encaustic is one of the oldest forms of paint. encaustic actually refers to beeswax (and sometimes damar varnish or even linseed oil) and pigment mixed together. it makes an incredibly long lasting and light-fast (fade-proof) paint. the Faiyum funerary portraits of ancient Egypt, painted during the Roman occupation, are still vibrantly colored to this day. the wax is heated and pigment is mixed in and the resulting paint is applied with special metal brushes or spatulas. encaustic is now sold in readily available commercially made blocks. it smells great from the beeswax and damar.
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