Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Encaustic Oysters

Sometimes I think this blog should be called "Stuff I Found on Etsy". I legit could write a whole blog just about the things I see and love on my favorite website. I am always amazed by the talent out there...so many creative minds creating and curating gorgeous things.

Like these stunning oyster shells from Savannah, Georgia artist Julia Schaaf that would be a fetching collection for a beach house:

These works of art are encaustic. Have you ever heard of encaustic as an art medium? Me neither! Here's how Julia explains it in her shop:

"Encaustic is a wax based paint (composed of beeswax, resin and pigment), that is kept molten on a heated palette. It is applied to a porous surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint. The word ‘encaustic’ comes from the Greek word enkaiein, meaning to burn in, referring to the process of fusing the paint.

Encaustic is as versatile as any 21st century medium. It can be polished to a high gloss, carved, scraped, layered, collaged, dipped, cast, modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with oil. It cools immediately so that there is no drying time, yet it can always be reworked.

Encaustic is also a very durable artists’ paint due to the fact that beeswax is impervious to moisture. Because of this, it will not deteriorate, it will not yellow, and it will not darken. Encaustic paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass."

Beautiful art that is both modern and organic, made in the South, in a creative medium. Yes.


  1. Beautiful. Thanks for the tip.

  2. I am just seeing this post! Thank you SO very much....I am truely flattered :)


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