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03-01-2019, 09:08 AM
I don't see anything about this in my searches, perhaps there is another area for it, but would love to ask a few questions...please direct me to wherever this is! thanks

03-01-2019, 09:14 AM
I belong to an art group. There is one person in the group who uses this medium. I think she just went out and bought some cold wax at Michaels and started experimenting with it. She got some nice pieces out of it. If I remember she said that it takes a long time to dry and she thought it was great that she could scrape off areas or incise them. She loved it.

TWAdair Art
03-01-2019, 09:54 AM
Cold wax is awesome! What do you want to know about it?

here is a PDF that might have some information for you.

03-01-2019, 02:28 PM
There are many varieties of "cold wax" mediums.

A couple of commercially available brands, Cuní encaustic paints (http://www.encausticcuni.com) and Ceracolors (http://www.ceracolors.com) do not contain organic solvents. They give a feel of hot encaustic and actually could accompany it. Try them, maybe you'll like the result.

Most other "cold wax" mediums are waxes dissolved in organic solvents. They never dry completely, they could't be used with hot encaustics, being mixed with oil paints they form very weak films that remain soluble indefinitely. A straight way to disaster. You won't be able even to varnish your painting. They are not worth trying them.

03-01-2019, 04:10 PM
Cold wax can be used with oi paint at a concentratiom below 3% as a plasticizer agent and matt agent.

03-02-2019, 07:35 AM
As already noted, the main drawback is that the paint film remains soft forever. How soft depends on how much wax you use. It is an interesting medium to work with, sort of between oils and encaustics but without the need for heat and much easier to control vs encaustics which can be rather stubborn. I tried it because I wanted to develop textures, but ended up going another direction for that and have not used it with my oils for several years.