I have been working with encaustic for around 8 years. I first became aware of encaustic media 20 years ago, when I bought a piece from an artist who had made the work in Mexico. That piece is still on my kitchen wall having survived 3 moves around the world. It is a beautiful media which isn't practised by many artists, having been lost for centuries. Encaustic is an ancient technique ( you can see it in the British Museum) which utilises layers of hot and fused wax.
My own hens have provided the inspiration for my "Chooks".I prepare a layered wax surface which I draw into using etching and lino tools. Once drawn I "ink" the image using oil paint, oil paint is applied and the surface is wiped clean, leaving the paint in the marks drawn on the surface. The final stage is fusing, a heat gun gently melts the wax and fuses the paint into it.
Although made from wax encaustic art does not melt on hot days. I have had a number of pieces in my shed on a 45 celsius Queensland day and they are fine. The encaustic portraits in the British Museum have survived since ancient Greece and Rome.