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Exploring Cold Wax and Oil

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12×12” Cold Oil and Wax


I love experimenting with new mediums. After working with encaustic I was excited to experiment with cold wax. The beauty of it is that you do not need to fuse the layers or vent the toxic fumes.  I love being able to create textures in it and build up layers. It is a medium that lends itself to my process. The two products I have tried are Dorlands and Gamblins. They are both great products, depending on how you like to work. The Gamblins is stiffer than Dorlands. I also experimented with making my own however was not happy with the results. Maybe I will give it another try one day!

Gamblin’s  explain “Cold Wax medium is made from naturally white, pure beeswax. Formulated to knife consistency, Cold Wax Medium makes oil colors thicker and more matte. Cold Wax Medium can be used to make Gamblin mediums and Gamvar more matte. It can also be applied alone as a matte varnish” If you want more info you can download a pdf here.

Rebecca Crowell is a cold wax and oil painter and you can get a great PDF she wrote with a lot of information from the Jacquard website.

You can also get a lot of information from the group site set up by Rebecca

As part of my

Art a la Carte Series

I will demonstrate oil and cold wax on Mar. 22.

Find more information on my workshop page.




Catalyst painting blades and wedges

Just got some of the new Catalyst blades and wedges and can’t stop playing with them. Not quite a brush and not quite a palette knife! They are the perfect tool for me for many reasons:

  • Unlike brushes I can leave them in water without them deteriorating.

  • They are flexible – they will replace my credit card  scrapers.

  • They are ergonomic and feel good in the hand.

  • Able to use them with, acrylic,oils, and are heat resistant for use with Encaustic. Potters and culinary chefs are using them too!

  • Easy to clean – clean up nice with soap and water and are solvent resistant.

  • Blades can be separated from the handle for cleaning.

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