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 Gesso
Paint Holy Grail directly onto any flat, absorbent substrate and let dry, usually about an hour.
For a luminous look in your encaustic paintings, start with a white gessoed ground and work your wax layers transparently. As in oil paint glazes, the finished piece will seem to be lit from within.
Encaustic Underpainting with colored gesso
If you want to do an entire underpainting with edges that will stay clean and sharp and areas that won’t move later when your wax is fused, use any Holy Grail colors applied with any paintbrush you’d use for water media. Touch ups may be done by removing HG with a wet sponge. Make sure you do all your Holy Grail painting before any wax is applied!
Once HG is dry, go ahead with your wax painting and fuse the first layer of wax well, just as you would on a bare panel. Add colored wax paint and continue as a regular painting session would go.
Show us your results!
Here is a painting done by Jeff Schaller using colors of Holy Grail Gesso. Can you guess what was done in HG and what was done in Evans Encaustic paint?
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