BOOKS & DVDs
ENCAUSTIC MATERIALS & SUPPLIES
TECHNICAL & INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES
- A Manual of Fresco and Encaustic Painting. (Reproduction of 1923 text). William Benjamin Sarsfield Taylor.
- Encaustic Materials Handbook, Kassandra Kelly. Recipes for paint, medium, glazes, cold wax, inexpensive sources for materials.
- Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility. Daniella Woolfe. Explores encaustic, fabrics and textile techniques.
- Encaustic Materials and Methods. FrancesPratt and Becca Fizell. (1949) Out of print. Visit the Frances Pratt web site for updates about this little known artist, writer and collector.
- Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax. Lissa Rankin. Initial setup, materials, as well as beginners to advanced techniques.
- Encaustic Workshop: Artistic Techniques for Working with Wax.. Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch.
- Encaustic Mixed Media: Innovative Techniques and Surfaces for Working With Wax. Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch. Explores unique techniques and materials for beginners and advanced painters.
- Embracing Encaustic: Learning to Paint with Beeswax. Linda & Bill Womack. Step by step instructions for mixing paint & medium; techniques; tools; history. For beginners and experienced encaustic artists alike.
- The Art of Encaustic Painting, Joanne Mattera. Includes an overview of ancient and contemporary history, materials, techniques, safety & technical information, as well as a wonderful sampling of contemporary artists’ works.
- The Artist’s Handbook of Materials and Techniques, Ralph Mayer,. (1991) Terrific reference book on all art materials, supplies and techniques.
- The Painter’s Handbook, A Complete Reference, Revised and Expanded, Mark David Gottsegen.
- The Encaustic Studio: a wax workshop in mixed media art. Daniella Woolfe. Encaustic and mixed media
- Wax and Paper Workshop. Michelle Belto. Techniques for combining encaustic paint and handmade paper.
- Waxing Poetic: Encaustic Art in America. Gail Stavitsky.
- "Heat Up Your Art! Exploring Encaustic Techniques" by Enkaustikos (66 minutes)
- “Wax Twist: Advanced Encaustic Techniques (Folding, Twisting, Curling) ” by Cari Hernandez. Innovative techniques and step-by-step techniques for creating an array of 3D forms entirely from encaustic.
- “Encaustic Monotypes: Painterly Prints with Heat and Wax” by Paula Roland. Basics of encaustic and printing with wax for beginning and advanced artists.
- “Encaustic Collage Workshop” by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch. Encaustic collage projects using creative methods and materials.
“Encaustic With A Textile Sensibility”, by Daniella Woolf. Companion DVD to the book. Numerous encaustic techniques - understandable and fun!
ENCAUSTIC MATERIALS & SUPPLIES
WAX, PAINT & MEDIUM
- Artist Supply Warehouse, panels, R and F brand encaustic paints, tools.
- Clairvoyant Encaustics, medium $19/pound (5:1)
- Dadant & Sons, natural & clear beeswax
- Encaustic Supplies.com, beeswax, resin, medium, paint, tools, boards
- Enkaustikos Paint, (sold through retailers) wax, resin, medium, encaustic paint, specialty tools . TERRIFIC resource for technical info.
- Evans Encaustics, encaustic paint, medium, grounds, top coats
- Jerry’s Artarama, panels, R and F brand encaustic paints, tools.
- R&F Handmade Paints, (sold through retailers) wax, resin, medium, paint, pigment (oil) sticks, tools, hot palettes, heat guns. TERRIFIC resource for technical info.
HOT PALETTES: You will need a temperature regulator and a working surface of 225-230 degrees.
- Enkaustikos Wax Paint Set – Paint Now Hot Cakes Set – available on Amazon for about $170 is a complete set: griddle, heat gun, paints, medium, brushes, panels,
- Enkaustikos Anodized Aluminum Plates for monoprinting (using your existing griddle)
- R&F Paints Palettes (available on Amazon, but check for better prices) Anodized aluminum with a variable thermostat hot plate underneath
- Electric griddles (Sears, etc.) with a large surface area also work well and cost $20 to $40. Make sure you get one with a variable thermostat. And use a separate surface thermometer to monitor the temperature.
- Electric skillets (3” deep or so) are good when working with larger pieces and for dipping papers.
- Make your own: scrap aluminum (preferably anodized) from a metal supplier with a hot plate (variable thermostat) underneath. Don’t cheap out on the hot plate – they are generally poorly made and parts frequently melt off of them. (Ask me how I know.)
TORCHES, HEAT GUNS, HEATED TOOLS, TACKING IRONS
Two fan settings are recommended and a temperature control is a MUST. 1200 watts is sufficient for encaustic. Try before you buy – some are extremely noisy. I suggest doing an internet search. Often hardware & DIY stores have better prices than the encaustic & art supply companies can offer.
- Heat guns: wide range available. Get variable temperature/2 speed. Kawasaki Heat Gun Kit w/ nozzles ($27), Ryobi @ HomeDepot 200° to 1000°F -$30 online special), or expensive but very good - Makita Heat H1100 gun ($80-$110). reduction & fan nozzles available
- Torches: Butane: lighter weight, more control.
- Iwatani IICCB-TCPRO Torch Burner for BU-6IW ($25-$30) plus butane fuel canisters ($2 each); Micro torches (Weller, Benzomatic – Home Depot/Lowes and chef’s micro torches) can be used but create a concentrated point of heat rather than a diffused flame & aren’t good for smooth surfaces. ($15-$30)
- Heated tools, spatulas – (All major art suppliers - $25 - $85) – Comes with temperature regulator and different heads (sold separately) to fuse & manipulate, scribe, carve, burnish, blend & model.
- Tacking irons – good for embedding papers, fabrics. ($20-$70) Coverite 21st Century iron, Hobbico iron, Seal/Beinfang Selector III.
PANELS AND SUPPORTS:
Panels should be rigid and absorbent with some tooth. Acrylic gesso is not the best ground archivally; use encaustic gesso if in doubt.
- Dick Blick 5 oz double-primed cotton canvas– acrylic primed (re-gesso with Encaustic gesso). Inexpensive panels good for smaller works & experimentation.
- Ampersand panels. Come flat and cradled in various depths. Carried by all art suppliers as well as the major online companies. Basswood panels, Encaustic-bord and Aquabord can be used without re-gessoing. Gessobord should be re-primed. Claybord is NOT recommended because it isn’t absorbent.
- Plywood, luan, Masonite. Your local lumber yard will cut them to size. Sand the edges. Minimum suggested thickness is 1/4”. 1/8” will warp, causing the wax to flake off.
- Cardboard, paper & fabric can be used, but there are cautions and challenges. I suggest attending workshops that specifically address these materials.
PAINT CUPS & CONTAINERS
- Kitchen supply warehouses have a great variety of metal containers, ranging from measuring cups (1 c, 1/2c, ¼ c and1/8c) with and without long handles & pour spouts, to square prep containers in various sizes, to muffin tins.
- Ikea has a great set of children’s play cookware with handles and lids
- Make your own – aluminum/tin cans: cat food, tuna, sardine cans.
- Enkaustikos carries a terrific line of encaustic paint in tins, with or without lids
PALETTE (SURFACE) THERMOMETERS
The temperature of the palette and wax should be monitored carefully, as overheated wax (above 230 degrees) chemically breaks down the wax and can be toxic. Always have good ventilation.
- R and F Paints ($13), or chef’s/grill thermometers ($8 to $50),
- Micro non-contact digital thermometers ($20 and on up)
- Flea markets generally have inexpensive dental and clay sculpting tools
- Art supply stores will have clay sculpting tools
- Home Depot/Lowes has a great variety of mastic and plaster trowels.
- Sky Blue Pink - sequin waste ("punchinella")
- Simply Sequins - sequin waste ("punchinella")
- Gold leaf, foils, tracing papers –
- Delta Renaissance Gilding Foil is less expensive (than real gold or silver) & easy to use.
- Sepp Leaf – makes paper backed leaf that transfers onto wax easily.
- Dritz Wax-free Tracing paper – various colors available at sewing stores
- Carbon paper is available at stationery stores.
- Parchment paper (for image transfers)– Restaurant supply stores (cut to fit copier size)
- Stencils: craft & scrapbooking supplies (Michael’s), Home Depot (in the paint department), stationery stores (architect’s stencils), or you can make your own.
- Art Fire - (under “Craft Supplies”) feathers, ribbon, jewelry findings, buttons, charms, molds, appliques, etc. (for embedding & collage)
- Do an internet search for Scrapbooking Embellishments.
- Altered Bits - (Keep checking back – they have terrific, odd, wonderful stuff, but it gets sold out quickly).
- Etsy- look under “Craft Supplies”. Buttons, beads, cabochons, and my personal favorite “Vintage” which has: all the above plus ephemera, charms, findings, paper ephemera, and much more.
- Local flea markets are great resources (In the Los Angeles area: Pasadena City College - first Sunday of the month; Rose Bowl Flea Market - 2nd Sunday of the month).
TECHNICAL & INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES
- ENKAUSTIKOS and R&F PAINTS are the leaders in encaustic paints and materials and in technical and instructional information.
I GIVE CREDIT & GRATITUDE TO THE FOLLOWING ^TEACHERS & *ARTISTS who have given me permission to show their works to the students in my workshops.
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Other encaustic artists & organizations you might be interested in:
Angeline Marie—Art Studio Reports
Encaustic Arts by Mazarine Treyz
Lisa Kairos—Open Studio
Pistrucci Artworks Blog
WetCanvas: Online Living for Artists