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Using Inks in Encaustic art

Disclosure: Chartpak, Inc. sent me a variety of Higgins Inks to review for this post. Ink can be used to great effect in encaustic painting.  You can draw or write directly on the wax and either leave it on the final layer of a painting or you can add more layers of encaustic medium on top of the dry ink. Ink, when dry, is permanent. Choose Pigment Ink over Dye-based Inks I have used black India ink with encaustic in the past but Higgins inks are available in a variety of colours. They can also be mixed to create ...
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Marvelous Molds and encaustic

Marvelous Molds and Encaustic

Artists working in encaustic are always on the lookout for new ways to create texture and patterns in the wax. I started eyeing my favourite water bottle seriously considering cutting the silicone sleeve to use it as a stencil for encaustic painting but instead, I searched the web for heat-resistant stencils made of silicone and I found Marvelous Molds. Marvelous Molds® are a line of food-grade silicone molds, impression mats, and silicone onlays designed primarily for fondant and cake decorating but they can also be used in arts and crafts. Disclosure: Marvelous Molds sent me a free sample to review ...
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Pearl Ex dry pigment powder and encaustic

Pearl Ex Pigment Powder and Encaustic

Disclosure: Jacquard sent me a free sample of Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments to review for this post. I have shied away from using dry pigment powders since Gregory Wright's patterned effects demonstration at the International Encaustic conference. Gregory cautioned that some dry pigments may be poisonous and that repeated exposure can have serious effects on the artist's health. What is Pearl Ex Mica Powder? Then, I noticed online that Linda Robertson was using Pearl Ex Powdered Pigment with Encaustic.  Pearl Ex Powdered Pigments are very fine powdered mica pigments made by Jacquard Products. From the Jacquard website, "Pearl ...
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R&F Pigment Sticks and Encaustic

R&F Pigment Sticks in Encaustic

Disclosure: R&F Handmade Paints sent me free sample size pigment sticks to review for this post. What are R&F Pigment Sticks? From the R&F site: R&F Pigment Sticks® are oil paint manufactured with enough wax for the paint to be molded into stick form. They allow the painter to draw or paint directly onto a surface without brushes, palettes, paint tubes or solvents. We use only the basic traditional materials: natural wax (beeswax & plant wax), linseed oil, and pigment, and we use them with absolute purity. The result is an oil stick with a lipstick soft ...
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Encaustic painting with PanPastels

Encaustic painting with PanPastels

PanPastel Love PanPastel® Colors are soft pastels in shallow pans instead of a stick format. They are highly pigmented, dry color medium and literally go on and blend like a fluid paint. PanPastels can be mixed & blended for an infinite palette of colors. They work beautifully with encaustic, either with pigmented encaustic colors or with clear encaustic medium. PanPastels are applied with soft sponge tools. Using the Sofft® Tools enables the artist to control and apply the color in a painterly way and also means that a lot less dust is generated. Sofft Tools were developed ...
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why use encaustic gesso

Why use encaustic gesso to prepare a substrate?

A fairly new product to the commercial art world is Encaustic gesso. A very good one, made by R & F Paints, allows us to: omit the initial beeswax 'primer' layer create a white (or coloured), toothy, gessoed surface ideal for Encaustics start with an excellent surface for adding a huge variety of media to our Encaustic works of art before laying on the wax, such as soft pastel, charcoal, watercolours, gouache, marker, graphite, etc. save money by enabling us to prime our own substrates, rather than buy pricey pre-gessoed encaustic boards Why can't I use acrylic ...
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Colored Gesso Holy Grail Underpainting

Holy Grail colored gesso | Create an Underpainting for Encaustic

Colored Gesso for Encaustic Painting So you think you know and love Holy Grail, the first gesso made for encaustic painting? Well look again - there are over a dozen colors now and artists are having a field day using them straight, tinting them with the white, and mixing them with each other. Colors were introduced in a 6 ounce jar but are now available in 16 ounces at a lower per-ounce cost. If you want a specific color, email Hylla Evans and it can be made for you usually within a day. How to use Encaustic ...
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