The following items are the substrates and media I have used to create many of my photo encaustic projects. Recognizing that everyone is different I’ve included several alternatives. Those who prefer to purchase materials that are ready to go right off the shelf will probably opt for the prepared encaustic medium and encaustic paints. Those who don’t mind (or who would enjoy) the process of blending their own encaustic medium and paint colors will probably opt for the beeswax, resin and pigment sticks. Our video library will contain recipes and detailed step-by-step instructions on encaustic media preparation to help you decide which options work best for you. In addition, each project video will provide a full list of the tools and materials used for that project.
The links below will take you to Blick Art Materials, my favorite online art store. I have been using them for practically all of my online art supplies for years. If your budget is a concern, see notes below for suggestions on some money saving alternatives and tips.
Encaustic paint can be found in a variety of beautiful colors. These are a blend of encaustic medium and pigment and must be melted prior to being applied. They are often used to add 3 dimensional, textural color to encaustic pieces. If you enjoy mixing your own paint colors, you can always mix up your own with dry or oil-based pigments and clear medium, but if you like having a selection of your favorite colors ready to go, these are wonderful.
Layered on top of paper, paintings, or photographic images, encaustic medium can add depth, texture and interest. This is available in both solid blocks, as shown, and in pellet form. I prefer the pellets because they are easier to measure and melt a bit quicker, but either will produce the same, beautiful results. R&F White Beeswax has been decolorized using a gentle mechanical filtration process rather than bleaching, which can break down the chemical structure of the wax and make it less reactive to pigments.
Cost Saving Tips:
In place of the cradled panels, you can use 1/4″ to 1/2″ thick plywood boards or masonite (hardboard) sheets cut to size. You can opt to purchase encaustic medium, which is a blend of beeswax and damar resin in the correct proportions, or you can save a little money by purchasing the beeswax and damar resin individually and mixing it up yourself. Similarly, you can purchase individual blocks of encaustic paint in your favorite colors, or you can save a bit of money by mixing up your own colors as you need them.
NOTE: This page may contains Blick and Amazon affiliate links. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link, your cost will be the same, but Gravity Arts, LLC will receive a small commission. Your support is greatly appreciated!
Most of the Amazon items above are eligible for free shipping through Amazon Prime. If you order a lot online, (or like the added benefit of free streaming videos) this is definitely something to consider. To get information on their free 30 day trial click here .