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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.
To view a PDF of R&F Encaustics colors and transparency ratings, please click here.
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R & F Paints Freat Colors
from Dodgeville WI
Comments about R&F Encaustic Paints:
R & F paints are "Highly Pigmented" The colors are Great when used opaquelyor when mixed with Medium to produced transparent colors.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Best medium by a Mile
By Christy Branson
from Spokane, WA
I absolutely love R&F encaustic medium and use it to add color depth & luminosity to my encaustic paintings. I especially love their pigment sticks as well. Their quality is unbeatable & make such a difference in the art that I am producing.
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36x80 Encaustic on Panel by Christy Branson
Tags: Abstract, Madewithrf, Christybranson, Encaustic, Paintings, Pnwart, Wncausticartists, Rf, Rfencaustics
48x60 Encaustuc by Christy Branson
Tags: Encausticart, Rfencaustics, Christbranson, Art, Encaustics, Usingrfencaustics, Madewithrf, Blueart
Range of colors
from Beverly, ma
I love these waxes. The colors are beautiful and I can get great mixes. The only drawback is once I remove the label, it order to melt, I have a hard time identifying the color.
Excellent Encaustic Medium
By Mrs J
The color melts evenly and does not separate out and need to be continually stirred like my homemade attempts. The color is bright, bold, and mixes well with other encaustic colors as needed. My high school students are loving using this product!
R & F blocks are better than tins
from perrysburg ohio
R & F encaustic paints are easier to use than the other encaustic paint in tins; you have to heat the entire tin to use, thus wasting expensive paint. You just cut off what you need with R & F....definitely the most accessible. R & F also has a wide range of rich colors. Indian Yellow is a must have!
from Seattle WA
You just can't go wrong with R & F pigments when producing professional encaustic paintings. The highly concentrated color is outstanding!
from Pembroke , mass
R&F has been making high quality encaustic paint for a long time. I do buy other brands to compare, but I love the larger sizes that I can get from them.
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By Bellesouth Studio
from South Carolina
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Expensive, but worth it
By Artist Kathy D.
from Salt Lake City
When I first began using encaustic paints, I was surprised that the paints were so expensive. Now after 3 years and a lot of experimentation behind me, I see why. The paints I get from R & F Encaustics are the best I've found from any vendor. The colors are true and intense, and the quality of materials is superb. I wish there were more vendors (and more competition) but I am very happy with the product overall.
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"Aspens" by K. D. Johnson (copyright 2014)
Tags: Made with Product
"Two Steps Back" by K.D. Johnson (copyright 2014)
These pigments are rich and dense, lots of color in that little block!
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.
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