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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1 edition (August 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099283
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

LISSA RANKIN’s encaustic paintings and sculptures are represented in prestigious galleries and museums in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. During her artistic career, she has developed an international reputation as an expert on encaustic and has been invited by a variety of art schools, conferences, workshops, and artists’ retreats to speak on encaustic art. Trained as an OB/GYN physician, her art reflects life’s events, such as birth and loss, and her continued work as a physician breathes life into her art.

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Lissa Rankin, M.D. is a physician and New York Times Bestselling Author whose research led her to discover that our bodies have natural self-repair mechanisms that can be activated or disabled based on thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that originate in the mind. She is on a mission to heal our broken health care system, help patients play a more active role in healing themselves, and encourage the health care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, the body's self-healing capacities. Lissa has written 3 books, speaks around the world, blogs at LissaRankin.com, paints professionally, and founded the Whole Health Medicine Institute, a training program for health care providers. She leads a mentoring program for visionaries, founded the wellness communities HealHealthCareNow.com and OwningPink.com, and teaches online programs, such as "Find Your Calling" with Dr. Martha Beck and Amy Ahlers, and "Visionary Ignition Switch," an online business school for visionaries co-created with Amy Ahlers.

Her work has been featured extensively in the national media, including O magazine, The New York Times, CNN, Health, Women's Health, Self, Forbes, The Chicago Tribune, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan.

You can follow her on Twitter at @lissarankin or at Facebook.com/LissaRankin.

Lissa lives in Marin County, California with her husband and daughter.

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This book covers it all - from background and basics to advanced techniques.
Paula M. Coats
I am a professional artist and instructor and will definitely recommend this book to my students.
C. Klich
The quality of the book is really good too, nice paper and lots of great color photos.
Dianne Erickson

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. Klich on August 19, 2010
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This book is for the beginner as well as the professional encaustic artist. It offers so many ideas and great photos. Many techniques are covered along with a wealth of ideas that I haven't even thought of yet. I am a professional artist and instructor and will definitely recommend this book to my students. There are gallery shots as well as close-up details photos and artists working in their studio. I would love to see a companion book to this one that goes into even more detail on the techniques. Great work Lissa!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Erickson on August 12, 2010
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This book has it all, beautiful photos, great basic information, and the usual encaustic techniques but it goes much further. Using wax for sculpture, printmaking and much more. The quality of the book is really good too, nice paper and lots of great color photos. If you want to learn the basics, or expand your work in wax, I totally recommend this book. You won't be disappointed.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SUMMER on February 16, 2011
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A 5 star plus. Although the other encaustic books I've read have also been wonderful, none compare to the information found in Encautic Art by Lissa Rankin. Because I spent my $$$ on paint and supplies instead of the $600. plus travel costs to take a good encaustic class, I had to become very informed before starting. (I wouldn't recommend this unless you are the kind that knows you can pull it off.) I still had many questions that remained unanswered until I read Encaustic Art. It's beneficial to have an array of encaustic books and info., but this will be the book you will go back to review the most.
It's been hard holding off the inspirations with having to learn a new medium but after much study I feel secure and excited to begin to paint; my first project being on 30" x 30" encausticbord. My industrial fan is being installed in my art room and the electrical checked to make sure it can handle the output of all the heating appliances; fire extingusher in place. A word on safety: I had my own stained glass business for 18 years and cannot stress the importance of re-reading the safety section of this book. I got a lot of toxins from my last job so always remember nothing is more important than your health. Thank you Lissa for sharing your encaustic knowledge. I appreciate your hard work. You have put together an excellent book!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Thompson on August 15, 2010
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I was up late last night looking through the book and savoring every page. What a wonderful creation! Lissa has integrated the beauty and excitement of encaustic art with an excellent and enjoyable instruction manual as well as sharing the personal touch and variety of individual artists and their studios, all in an aesthetically attractive layout. It is a must for anyone curious about encaustic as well as a comprehensive reference for even the experienced artist working with encaustic! I am honored and proud to have been included in this masterpiece of a book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chandler #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 20, 2013
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Encaustic art is stunning and unusual and in an odd way, haunting. With encaustic art, you are completing a painting in wax. This can also mean taking a photograph and covering it with wax, then adding in your encaustic touches. Due to the veiled opaque-like coating, it is almost like incorporating a fog into one's art and you can't quite tell how the work is done.

I purchased several books lately that have tidbits of encaustic art techniques but this one is thick and rich in instruction and ideas and the most complete book I've found.

In fact, it's so rich in ideas that I made it a bedside book. It's not a book you leaf through and pick up a few things...this one is truly so complete and has so many different ideas and ways of doing art that it's like taking a course. I don't mean that it reads like a textbook by any means, however. It is fantastic reading and a visual utopia.

I have found many books to be by one artists who shows their way but what is unique here is that encaustic artists have all created different ways of doing their art and this book visits some of the top artists, top ideas, top techniques, and then fills you with great examples of things you'd never thought of as well when using wax. It was exactly what I was looking for to spark creative ideas and learn the art form. However, if you are already an encaustic artist, I have no doubt you'll learn from the book as well.

A variety of materials are discussed, endless pictures with visual examples of methodology are utilized, and lots of finished pieces are4 shown. The book shows traditional encaustic art examples when it began, all the way up to things that are being done now or can be done.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lois on November 23, 2010
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Being new to encaustic art I wanted a book with easy to understand content, this book does this and more. I thought encaustic art was fairly limited in its applications but this book has broadened my horizens. It gives detailed information on how to create your own waxes etc. I reccommend to anyone contemplating trying this medium.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne Desrosiers on December 2, 2010
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Lissa Rankin, M.D. and author, has outdone herself with this book. From the quality of the paper to the incredibly insightful and helpful contents, this book is surely the winner. For all you newbies and seasoned artists who use beeswax and resin as their medium, you will not be disappointed. Although some of the other encaustic books are helpful, this one says and shows it all.
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