Ready to set up your encaustic studio,
yet do not know where to start ?
I have set up this page for those who are curious about encaustic materials or who wish to set up their own encaustic studio .
You will find below a list of recommended and trusted products, books and tools which I use daily in my own studio, creation of artworks and workshops.
These are the books you can find in my studio, and they have been a never-ending source of inspiration for me and those who come to my workshops; I would highly recommend them.
Making your own encaustic medium is fun and very cost effective, using pure refined beeswax and damar gum (resin). Follow this link for the short You Tube video where I show you how to make the medium. However, for those who do not have the time to craft it themselves, the R&F encaustic medium is of high quality and very user friendly.
These are the tools you can’t do without. I have also added my favorite blowtorches, each having its own use in the studio.
Any hot surface, with a regulated gauge to control wax temperature (you should not go over 200 degree F);
a simple griddle or any Electric Teppanyaki Grill Table Top Griddle BBQ Hot Plate would do.
To be placed in the centre of your hotplate in order to check the right temperature.
Suppliers: Ebay under grill surface thermometer.
Heat gun/ blowtorches: ( mine is a Bernzomatic TS3000) /creme brulee mini blowtorch
Tools & Materials
Please find below other tools you will need to create encaustic paintings
I use muffin tins/roasting or a saucepan, high enough to keep brush to remain upright.
Silicone muffin tins are also very handy.
Natural bristle (synthetic will melt)
Sumi painting brushes or hog bristle brushes
Pigments and pigment sticks
In order to color my encaustic medium I use pure powder pigments ( have a proper ventilation when you are using pigments, wear a mask and gloves too as some may be toxic to handle). One of my favorite materials is the R&F pigment sticks, which are highly pigmented and which can be added effortlessly to your molten medium, try them if you can, they are divine to use and the colors are rich and vibrant. I have also added the Pearl Ex pigments which are beautifully iridescent and which can also be added to your encaustic medium.
I would recommend you get friendly with your local DIY shop and have MDF or plywood cut to size at a very affordable price. Alternatively, you can find mounted birch wood panels online, which are so lovely to paint on.
Do you still have queries?
Of course, I will be delighted to help you out, to the best of my ability! You can contact me here.
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