Enkaustikos offers a variety of waxes and other additives useful for encaustic painters, as well as artists working in other media.
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. Carnauba Wax is sold in thin flakes and melts at 187°–190° F (86°–88° C).
Damar Resin — Damar Resin is a natural, sticky sap, harvested from trees that grow in the East Indies. The combination of damar resin with USP beeswax produces a harder, more durable paint film. This creates a luminous finish.
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 Wax yellows over time, use Impasto Wax in an under layer. Proper ventilation should be observed due to the vapors released from the
Luster Wax — 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. Luster Wax is not petroleum based and melts at 205° F (96° C). Add only a small amount of this wax to encaustic paint because the high melting temperature may cause the paint to burn. Luster Wax is sold in small granules that are easy to melt.
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. Because Microcrystalline Wax yellows over time, use it in an under layer. Proper ventilation should be observed due to the vapors released from the
Rabbit Skin Glue — Encaustic painters often mix Rabbit Skin Glue with Titanium White paint and precipitated chalk to make a dry gesso for use as a base. Rabbit Skin Glue is sold as a powder and should be dissolved in warm water for use.
Slick Wax — Slick Wax is not suitable for use as a painting medium. Its intended use is for cleaning purposes only. Slick Wax eliminates the need for solvents in the studio. Simply keep a tin of melted Slick Wax available on the hot palette during the painting process. To move from one color to another, rinse your brush in the Slick Wax and wipe off any excess wax with a paper towel. The Slick Wax will have removed the color with ease. For those who like to mix colors on their palette, use the Slick Wax directly on the palette and with a wipe of a paper towel, you will have a nice clean surface to continue
U.S. Pharmaceutical Grade White Beeswax — This wax has been filtered and purified without the use of harsh chemicals or bleaches. Enkaustikos Hot Cakes paints and mediums are made with this beeswax.
U.S. Pharmaceutical Grade Yellow Beeswax — This wax has been filtered and purified without the use of harsh chemicals or bleaches. It is deeper in color than the White Beeswax.
Wax Medium — 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.
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
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