Encaustic wax is a medium combined of beeswax and pine resin. The color pigment can be suspended in the medium itself (encaustic paint) or the color can be added by other means, for example, pastel, graphite, alcohol ink, watercolor, etc.. The medium is heated to melting on a hot palette and applied to a porous surface (like wood), then fused onto the surface with a heat either with a heat gun or a torch to adhere it. It is painting with fire. Shellac burns are executed with a propane torch and create the delicate webbing in my encaustic work. The properties of encaustic wax create opportunities to work with multiple layers, media and textures to produce many different effects.