To start, you will need blocks of wax designed for encaustic art along with a sturdy heatproof canvas. You will also want to pick up an encaustic iron and you may want to think about textural tools such as brushes and a stylus so that you can manipulate the wax as you lay it down.
Make sure that the iron is a low heat similar to the nylon setting on conventional travel irons. The more constant the temperature is the more controllable the handling characteristics of the wax color.
Spread the wax onto the sealed card in a smoothing manner. The card should be placed on some disposable under-paper. Instead of smoothing with the iron, it is lifted off the card, a most amazing effect occurs.
If you are drawing a landscape, these appear as an organic form, which can be used to imply all sorts of things within images Trees, bushes, lichens, coral but to name a few.
Holding the card in your hand, bend it slightly and apply gentle pressure from the iron. Dabbing in this way will give your ground a nice texture.
To get the effect of grass, turn the iron on its side and slice upwards with it.
To get the effect of flowers, just dot some wax onto the iron. You can use as many different colors as you wish, but be careful not to drag the iron at this point, just dab the paper gently.
The tip of the iron is used to add a bird or two.
The use of beeswax as a medium for painting lasting images that span over 2000 years, or for creating almost instant artworks that everyone can enjoy.