Notebook, 1993-

MATERIALS & METHODS - Encaustic Wax Painting

Painting Methods - Equipment & Materials - Preparing the Colors - Binder - Supports & Grounds - Burning-in / Equipment - Care & Display

Encaustic Wax Painting - Binder

The binder for encaustic is made by combining beeswax with a resin or an oil. The wax alone is not sufficiently hard or tough to resist heat or abrasion.



At the beginning of a session's work the wax can be melted in a tin container and the varnish or oil added to it. The proportion of the ingredients can be varied slightly according to the preference of the artist. Oil or resin has been used up to 30 percent of the total without changing the character of the paint. Some painters combine both oil and resin with the wax. The mixture will solidify in the tin if it is removed from heat and needs only to be put back on the stove to be liquefied. Although it will keep in usable condition for a time, it is better to make a fresh batch for each day's work, so that the oil in the mixture is always fresh. [p. 162]

[Kay, Reed. The Painters Guide to Studio Methods and Materials. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1983.]



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