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Castor Wax vs Damar Resin

Comparing Castor Wax & Damar Resin in Encaustic Medium

Damar resin has long been the hardener of choice to combine with beeswax in encaustic medium recipes.  Because of its high melting point, it aids in making a more robust painting than pure beeswax and allows for vigorous buffing over a curing period to bring the work to a shine.  A downside can be that due to its organic nature, …

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Tinting Encaustic Gesso with Aqua-dispersions from Kama Pigments

How to Make and Pigment Encaustic Gesso

Encaustic Gesso is typically used to prime your substrate so that you are beginning with a white ground. But, encaustic gesso doesn’t have to be white. In this post, you’ll discover two ways to tint encaustic gesso. Underpainting with Encaustic Gesso In 2011, Hylla Evans introduced us to Using Coloured Gesso for Encaustic Underpainting. Underpainting allows you to map out …

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Testing suitable encaustic grounds using the freezer test

Testing Suitable Encaustic Grounds using the Freezer Test

When I want to know things I tend to go to the bottom and gather knowledge and experience from different sources. Then I try out the facts/statements in my own practice. For me it’s important to not just know how things work, but also why.  So now I have painted with encaustic for some time and feel I have pretty …

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Venting your encaustic studio

Venting your Encaustic Studio

Is encaustic toxic? With adequate ventilation and a working temperature that is under 200°F, encaustic is a safe medium to work with. It is important to use a thermometer to keep a check on your temperature. Encaustic fumes, when released at a safe temperature, are not considered dangerous. Yet, all wax mediums, when heated, do release fumes. All waxes, when …

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Cold Wax is not encaustic

Cold Wax is not encaustic

Cold wax painting does not use the encaustic painting process Encaustic is the name for both a wax painting medium and a painting process that uses heat to apply and fuse the medium. Encaustic painting uses heat at every stage of the painting process. The name encaustic literally means “to burn”. Cold wax medium is used at room temperature, whereas …

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How to paint with Encaustic

Encaustic Painting Process | How to paint with Encaustic

Before you begin to paint with encaustic, you’ll need to pick up encaustic art supplies and set up a studio space. Once you have all the supplies you need in hand, come back here to learn how to paint with encaustic. 5-step Encaustic Wax Painting Tutorial The sky’s the limit…. Encaustic is a very versatile medium. There are seemingly endless possibilities …

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famous encaustic paintings in New York City Galleries

Famous Encaustic Paintings and Sculptures in New York City Galleries

This past week I visited MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. We went to see the famous paintings by great masters such as van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and Modigliani. Seeing famous encaustic paintings and sculptures at the galleries was surprisingly an afterthought. Famous Encaustic paintings we saw at New York Galleries [click on …

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How to get started with Encaustic Painting | List of Tools & Art Supplies | Encaustic Basics

How to get started with Encaustic Painting | List of Tools & Supplies

Get started with Encaustic Painting If you’ve been asking yourself, “how do I do encaustic painting?” and now you’re ready to get started, this post will help you choose the encaustic supplies and hot wax tools you need to set up your studio. You can also learn a lot more about encaustic painting by reading the other posts in the encaustic …

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