Encaustic comes from a Greek word which means "burn in".
This ancient medium and technique of melted beeswax mixed with pigment was notably used in the Fayum mummy portraits from Egypt around 100-300 AD, in the Blachernitissa and other early icons, as well as in many works of 20th-century American artists , including Jasper Johns and Fernando Leal Audirac. Kut-kut, a lost art of the Philippines implements sgraffito and encaustic techniques. It was practiced by the indigenous tribe of Samar island around 1600 to 1800.
It takes as many as 10 Million flowers for bees to make
one pound of wax. What an honor to use this medium.