Created using a high performance, modern formulation of Refined Beeswax and Castor Wax, it will enable artists to fully explore the possibilities of this popular rediscovered painting technique.
Langridge Encaustic Wax is supplied as a 250gm bar divided into 5 x 50gm ‘bricks’ that can be individually snapped-off for easy measuring when used in the studio.
What is Encaustic Wax?
Encaustic Wax is composed of beeswax and hard castor wax.
Encaustic Wax is the encaustic paint without pigment.
Langridge incorporates Castor Wax to raise the melting temperature to make the wax less susceptible to heat damage, making it more durable. The hard wax also allows the encaustic to be polished to a high gloss, giving it more depth and intensity.
Castor Wax is pure and translucent and unlike recipes with damar resin does not yellow with time.
It can be used to extend existing encaustic colours, to create transparent glazes or on its own for creating translucent layers.
The use of metal tins, pots or muffin trays for holding the molten colours is recommended. These sit directly on a heated metal palette or electric frying pan (set at low temperature). Langridge Encaustic Wax has a melt point of 72 degrees Centigrade.
How do I colour Encaustic?
Once the Encaustic Wax is molten and liquid, artists' pigments or concentrate oil paint are simply added and stirred through to colour it.
Some organic pigments, such as the quinacridones, are difficult to disperse as succesfully as inorganic colours and we recommend the use of concentrated, highly pigmented oil colour such as the Langridge Handmade Oil Colours for tinting the wax.
• Make your own pre-coloured encaustic colours for future use: Once coloured and cooled, the artist has a set of encaustic paints that be melted and used at any time in the future.