We are often asked, "What is damar resin". At one time or another, when we were children we climbed a pine tree or peach tree and ended up with a sticky sap on our hands. Well, Damar Resin (sometimes referred to as damar gum) is also a sticky sap that oozes from trees found in the East Indies. As the sap dries and solidifies it captures bugs, dried leaves and tree bark. Damar Resin arrives to us in crystal form along with all of these imbedded impurities. This must be filtered out to make a usable product. Enkaustikos uses Damar resin to produce a harder, more durable paint film. Damar, in combination with beeswax produces a paint film with a higher index of refraction. This is why encaustic colors appear so luminous. Oil painters will filter damar resin in turpentine to make damar varnish.