Oil Painting Mediums - Wax Mediums

Dorland's Wax Medium
Dorland's Wax Medium

Adds translucency to oil paints, making them more brilliant. Also used as a final coat on dry paintings, metal sculpture, wood carvings, and antiques. May buff to gloss finish. Thins with turpentine.

Prices range from $4.48 - $93.49
 
Enkaustikos Bleached Beeswax
Enkaustikos Bleached Beeswax

This type of wax is often used by candle makers and oil painters in their mediums to create matte colors. It is not recommended for use with encaustic paints. Comes in small easy to melt pastilles.

Prices range from $10.98 - $17.99
 
Enkaustikos Carnauba Wax
Enkaustikos Carnauba Wax

Enkaustikos Carnauba Wax is a light, pale yellow wax from the leaves of a palm tree. Add this wax to encaustic paint to raise its melting point. Using Carnauba Wax will result in a harder, more durable paint film. Adding too much of this wax may result in cracking of the paint.

Prices range from $17.99 - $26.99
 
Enkaustikos Impasto Wax
Enkaustikos Impasto Wax

This is a blend of translucent white microcrystalline wax and U.S. Pharmaceutical Grade Beeswax. It is used for adding dimension to encaustic paintings, to build texture quickly, and for sculptural surfaces. Because microcrystalline max yellows over time, use Enkaustikos Impasto Wax in an under lay

Price: $14.39
 
Enkaustikos Luster Wax
Enkaustikos Luster Wax

Enkaustikos Luster Wax is whiter, clearer, and can be used as an alternative to Carnauba Wax. It is a high quality, synthetic wax derived from coal.

Prices range from $7.19 - $11.69
 
Enkaustikos Microcrystalline Wax
Enkaustikos Microcrystalline Wax

This wax is more flexible than paraffin, with a melting point of 170°–180° F (77°–82° C). Use it to build layers and add dimension to encaustic paintings.

Price: $11.24
 
Enkaustikos Wax Medium
Enkaustikos Wax Medium

Enkaustikos Wax Medium can be used as a colorless paint film and may be used as a base or top coat. Wax medium also acts as a binding medium for collages and altered art effects.

Prices range from $6.29 - $23.75
 
Enkaustikos XD Wax Medium (Extra Damar)
Enkaustikos XD Wax Medium (Extra Damar)

This wax medium has a higher content of Damar Resin than Enkaustikos Wax Medium, giving it a thicker consistency when liquified. It also has a sticky tack while drying for easy texture build-up and will stay pliable for a longer time than Wax Medium.

Prices range from $7.19 - $35.99
 
Gamblin Cold Wax Medium
Gamblin Cold Wax Medium

Gamblin's Cold Wax Medium is a soft paste formulated to make oil colors thicker and more matte. Cold Wax Medium is made with beeswax, resin, and mineral spirits. It can also be used as a final varnish over a dry painting.

Prices range from $5.97 - $80.97
 
Gamblin Wax Pastilles
Gamblin Wax Pastilles

These small beads of naturally white unbleached beeswax can be used in making your own wax medium.

Price: $16.17
 
Michael Harding Beeswax Paste
Michael Harding Beeswax Paste

This is a paste with a high oil content that is created from linseed stand oil and bleached beeswax. It increases the body of oil colors, and creates a satin-matte finish. Beeswax Paste is especially useful with opaque colors.

Price: $10.07
 
Michael Harding Resin-Oil Wax Medium
Michael Harding Resin-Oil Wax Medium

This is a soft painting paste derived from bleached, pure beeswax and fused with dammar resin and linseed stand oil. It creates a satin sheen and allows for gentle impasto effects when painting in layers. When settling occurs, stand the jar in hot water and stir the medium until it dissolves.

Price: $9.65
 
Sennelier Veronese Paste
Sennelier Veronese Paste

Veronese Paste is useful for melding adjacent brush strokes. Beeswax based, it provides a uniform matte finish, covers quickly, and makes pastes richer. Thin Veronese paste with very diluted medium (1/4 turpentine or petroleum spirit).

Price: $11.87
 
Williamsburg Pure Beeswax
Williamsburg Pure Beeswax

Made from 100% natural, bleached beeswax, Williamsburg Pure Beeswax Blocks and Pellets are great for altering the sheen of mediums and varnishes, or as an additive when making oil paint. For encaustic painting, use the pellets or blocks as a binding medium.

Price: $16.79
 
Williamsburg Wax Medium
Williamsburg Wax Medium

Made from damar resin, refined linseed oil, and pure, 100% beeswax (no paraffin or microcrystallines), Williamsburg Wax Medium can be used in moderation to thicken paint and impart a short, buttery texture. It increases transparency and dries to a satin sheen.

Prices range from $12.47 - $29.27