Encaustic Supports

What is a Support?

A support is a structure on which the group or the paint layer of a painting is laid.

What are Recommended Supports?

R&F recommends Ampersand Encausticbord panels as the preferred support for encaustic painting.

Encaustic paint is best used on a rigid surface that is absorbent and heat resistant.  Wood supports make great, stable panels.   A lightweight panel can be made from 1/4” luan plywood braced with a wooden frame in the back.  Heavier and sturdier panels are made from 3/4” plywood.

Stretched canvas is not recommended. Over time the rigid encaustic on the more flexible canvas will tend to crack as the canvas flexes with changes of temperature and humidity.  Also, the weight of the wax, if applied thickly, may cause the canvas to sink in the center.

2-Dimensional Examples

  • lauan;
  • untempered masonite;
  • plywood;
  • any rigid, absorbent and heat resistant material.

3-Dimensional Examples

  • unglazed ceramics;
  • plaster;
  • wood;
  • sculpture;
  • paper pulp;
  • any rigid, absorbent and heat resistant material.