Encaustic Art uses a wax based paint (made with beeswax, resin and pigment), which can be kept molten on a heated palette. It can be applied to an absorbent surface and then reheated in order to fuse the paint. Since the wax can be reheated and worked with, it is extremely versatile.
It can be polished to a high gloss, carved, scraped, layered, collaged, dipped, cast, modeled, sculpted, textured, and combined with oil. Since it cools immediately, there is no drying time. Encaustic Art paintings do not have to be varnished or protected by glass because encaustic wax is its own protector.