Part I: Tools and Ingredients
Part II: How to make the encaustic paint
Part III: Techniques and Painting with encaustics
- purified, bleached beeswax
- unrefined beeswax
- raw pigment (or if you are just starting out and have a hard time finding pigments, try R&F pirgmented wax blocks.
- You can even use standard oil paints to pigment your wax, but don’t use more than 15% or so, or else your paste will get too oily. Therefore you should use high-end artists oils such as Williamsburg or Sennelier
- damar (I use a pulverised product from Germany, but you may be safer using the crystal rocks – don’t use varnish)
- containers (I prefer fireproof glass or you can use tuna cans or muffin tins etc…)
- cheap brushes, palette knives
- fusing tools such as hot air gun, heat pens, iron, heated spatulas, etc…
- lots of rag
- keep water handy in case of burns or fire
- make sure your area is very well ventilated! the fumes are toxic.
- supports such as panel or board. Canvas is to flexible for thick applications. You can also use paper, if it is adhered to a ridgid surface.