Are you ready to dive into encaustic art?...
Encaustic is a truly amazing technique. So beautiful and unique! I love the delicious smell of wax, and there's something so satisfying and soothing about working with only natural materials.
On this page you'll find everything to get started with encaustic: how to set up your space, the supplies and tools you'll need, some safety tips, and even a tutorial on how to make your own encaustic medium... the easy way!
Supplies list for encaustic ART
- Small griddle with temperature control
- Surface thermometer
- Craft dryer or craft heat-gun (embossing heat-gun)
- Metal container to hold your wax (loaf pan or disposable tin)
- Tin can (tuna can or similar, without any plastic coating) for your white paint
- Natural bristle flat brushes / Hake brushes (a wide one for your medium, a smaller one for your paint)
- A variety of mark-making tools (needle tool, pottery tools, old cutlery...)
- Encaustic medium (like this one)
- White oil paint or oil stick (or this one)
- Sturdy substrate with porous surface (wood/MDF panel or "Encausticbord")
- Wax paper or other non-stick surface to protect your work area
- Drinking water
- Disposable gloves
To make your own encaustic medium:
- Small slow cooker (crock pot)
- Muffin tins
- Baking tray
- Refined beeswax (organic)
- Damar resin (crystals or powder)
- Protective gloves
Basic set up
Painting tools & materials
To make your own encaustic medium!
- Work in a well-ventilated area.
- Keep the temperature of your wax around 200° F (85°C).
- Do not touch the hot griddle or the tip of your heating tool.
- Do not let the tip of your heating tool touch your work surface: place it on a tile or other heat-resistant surface.
- Use only natural bristle brushes.
- Make sure you have access to running water or a bucket of water in case of burns.
- Tie your hair if it is long, avoid loose clothing and jewelry.
- Work in a quiet, focused environment, away from children and pets.
Have fun painting!