Encaustics & Oil Sticks

Encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The liquid or paste is then applied to a surface—usually prepared wood, though canvas and other materials are often used. The simplest encaustic mixture can be made from adding pigments to beeswax, but there are several other recipes that can be used—some containing other types of waxes, damar resin, linseed oil, or other ingredients. Pure, powdered pigments can be used, though some mixtures use oil paints or other forms of pigment.

Metal tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools, or heated metal tools can be used to manipulate the wax once it has cooled onto the surface. Today, tools such as heat lamps, heat guns, and other methods of applying heat allow artists to extend the amount of time they have to work with the material. Because wax is used as the pigment binder, encaustics can be sculpted as well as painted. Other materials can be encased or collaged into the surface, or layered, using the encaustic medium to stick them to the surface.

R&F is perhaps the industry leader in encaustic supplies, though classic brands such as Winsor & Newton also provide colors and tools. Ampersand Encausticbord is the essential fully-prepared surface for the encaustic artist looking to start work immediately, and without frustration of applying grounds.

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  1. R&F Encaustic Studio Essentials Kit
    R&F Encaustic Studio Essentials Kit
    $479.16
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  2. R&F Encaustic Starter Set
    R&F Encaustic Starter Set
    $82.36
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  3. R&F Encaustics Set Opaque Colors
    R&F Encaustics Set Opaque Colors
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  4. R&F Encaustic Handmade Paint - Translucent Color Set 40ml Blocks
    R&F Encaustic Handmade Paint - Translucent Color Set 40ml Blocks
    Size (Volume) 40ml
    $69.16
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  5. Pig Stick Set Of 3 Half stick
    Pig Stick Set Of 3 Half stick
    $13.56
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  6. R&F Encaustic Gesso 4oz
    R&F Encaustic Gesso 4oz
    Size (Volume) 4oz
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  7. R&F Encaustic Handmade Paint - Encaustic Gesso 1 Quart Jar
    R&F Encaustic Handmade Paint - Encaustic Gesso 1 Quart Jar
    Size (Volume) 1qt
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  8. R&F Encaustic Medium 1lb
    R&F Encaustic Medium 1lb
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  9. R&F Encaustic Medium 5lb Bag
    R&F Encaustic Medium 5lb Bag
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