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Encaustic paints have recently achieved popularity as an alternative to oil and acrylic paints. A very spontaneous and versatile medium, encaustics can be modeled, layered, sculpted, textured, and even combined with collage materials. No drying time is required.
The fine quality and exquisite visual properties of R&F Encaustic Paints are owed to the dedicated labor process. R&F carefully mixes pigment, pure beeswax, and damar resin. Each color is heavily pigmented and carefully milled. Because no solvents are used, many health hazards associated with other art materials are eliminated.
The beeswax contained in R&F Encaustic Paints makes them impervious to moisture, and thus highly durable. Over time, your art retains all the freshness of a newly finished work.
Encaustics are applied molten with a brush and then fused into the painting with a heat source. It is best to use encaustic paints on a rigid and absorbent surface.
Work done with encaustics does not need to be varnished or protected by glass. A mild buffing with a soft cloth will bring the surface to a beautiful luster.
To learn more about R&F Encaustics colors and transparency ratings, please visit the Resources tab of this page.
Cadmium Colors, Set of 6
This set is truly a bargain for any encaustic artist. It includes six 40 ml (1.4 oz) cakes of intensely vibrant cadmium colors, including Red Deep, Red Light, Red Medium, Yellow Deep, Yellow Light, and Yellow Medium, packaged neatly inside an 6" × 6" (15 cm × 15 cm) cradled Ampersand Encausticbord.
Encaustic Starter Kit
This kit takes the guesswork out of getting started with encaustics. It includes five 40 ml (1.4 oz) encaustic cakes in Cadmium Pale Green, Cadmium Yellow Light, Quinacridone Red, Titanium White, and Ultramarine Blue. The Starter Kit also contains two flat 5" × 7" (13 cm × 18 cm) Ampersand Encausticbords, one cradled 8" × 10" (20 cm × 25 cm) Encausticbord, one bag of encaustic medium, two palette cups, two 1½" Hake brushes, soy cleaning wax, an R&F color chart, and a basic encaustic painting manual.
Metallic Colors, Set of 6
These iridescent colors can be used on their own or blended with others in your palette to add complexity, shimmer, and shine. They are especially striking when mixed with translucent colors. The set contains six 40 ml (1.4 oz) cakes in the following colors: Iridescent Pearl, Iridescent Silver, Iridescent Bronze, Iridescent Pewter, Iridescent Gold, and Iridescent Copper, packaged neatly inside an 6" × 6" (15 cm × 15 cm) cradled Ampersand Encausticbord.
Opaque Colors, Set of 6
This set is the ultimate palette builder. Each of these carefully chosen colors are beautiful on their own, but this set has mixing in mind. From these six colors artists can create a limitless palette of colors. The set contains six 40 ml (1.4 oz) cakes in the following colors: Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Chromium Green Oxide, Cobalt Blue, Ivory Black, and Titanium White, packaged neatly inside a 6" × 6" (15 cm × 15 cm) cradled Ampersand Encausticbord.
Studio Essentials Kit
This new kit from R&F provides the essential components for setting up an encaustic workspace. From heating equipment and panels, to paints, grounds, brushes, and mediums, the Studio Essentials Kit has it all. It includes 16, 40 ml (1.4 oz) cakes of R&F Encaustic Paints, including one each of Titanium White, Ivory Black, Alizarin Orange, Brown Pink, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Green Pale, Cadmium Red Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Celadon Green, Egyptian Violet, Indian Yellow, King's Blue, Payne's Grey, Iridescent Pearl, Sap Green, and Ultramarine Blue. The kit also includes a 12" × 12" (31 cm × 31 cm) heated palette, a 1 lb (0.5 kg) bagged encaustic medium, a package of three rectangular palette cups, a variable speed heat gun, a 4 oz jar of encaustic gesso, four encaustic brushes including Flat 10, Bright 14, Round 12 and Hake 2.5" (6.4 cm), two 8" × 10" × ¼" (20 cm × 25 cm × 0.6 cm) Ampersand Encausticbords, and a surface thermometer.
Translucent Colors, Set of 6
This set is perfect for creating vivid, luminous, gem-like washes of color. The set includes six 40 ml (1.4 oz) cakes in the following colors: Alizarin Crimson, Alizarin Orange, Egyptian Violet, Indian Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, and Phthalo Green, packaged neatly inside an 6" × 6" (15 cm × 15 cm) cradled Ampersand Encausticbord.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
Electrical Warning — All electrical products have U.S. standard plugs and voltage. Due to damage that can occur when using incompatible plugs, sockets, or converters, Blick does not ship electrical items or accessories outside of North America or to freight forwarders.
To view a PDF of R&F Encaustics colors and transparency ratings, please click here.
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Very nice starter kit for encaustics!
from Kansas City
Blick sells a bigger starter kit with everything you need. However, if you are just dabbling in encaustics or wanting to save a buck or two, this is the real place to start.
I continue to be impressed by the quality of this product
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from Cleveland heights, Ohio
I use it in my encaustic paintings. I love the depth and consistency of the color and the wide color range
Easy and reliable
from Boulder CO
Have ordered 3 times and have always had the products on time.
I would buy this product again.
from chicago Illinois
I don't know of any other types of Encaustic Wax.
Love these encaustic paints. They are silky and vibrant!
from Pleasanton, CA
I am new to Encaustics but I am the type that jumps right in and can tell if the product works as advertised, and this does. Love working with these vibrant colors of wax to the point that I can add a clear medium to stretch it out a bit. More for your money :) I like that!
R & F is always quality
from Calais, Maine
Their paints are always the best for encaustic. But they are too expensive to buy in bulk so I use them sparingly. Very high quality and saturation of colors. Amazing new colors every year.
I love R&F Encaustic paints!
from Knoxville, TN
I used these for an encaustics class at Arrowmont School of Art and Craft. They worked perfectly and I was very pleased with the result. They are highly pigmented so they go along way!
rich, creamy, intense colors
from Midwest, USA
Love the intense colors! Melts nice on low temperature and gives my artwork a lovely pop!
R&F Encaustic paints are the highest quality111
Perfect for all my encaustic visions.....
An introduction to a very spontaneous and versatile medium of encaustic (hot wax) painting. R&F offers the finest handmade encaustics paints available. This video will show the materials needed to get started and how this wax based paint is melted and applied.
This video will inspire any artist by showing some of the many techniques you can use with R&F Encaustics such as carving, inlay, collage, and transfers.
Visit our YouTube Channel: Blick Videos to watch our full selection of videos!
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