Encaustic painting with beeswax is an ancient form of painting dating as far back as the 5th century B.C. when they used wax to paint portraits of the deceased and attached the painting into the mummy wrappings. Today the beeswax is combined with resin and pigment and kept molten at 200 degrees on an electric hotplate. The wax hardens quickly once it leaves the plate, so encaustic painting is a process of applying a layer, reheating the applied layer to fuse it to a porous surface such as wood, scraping back with a tool or razor, then applying another layer and repeating the process, slowly building up layers of wax and pigment. Encaustic painting also combines well with a wide variety of other mediums such as: photographs, textiles, ceramics, drawings, prints, and collage.