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Comment by Teresa Arsenault on June 13, 2019 at 8:10pm

What is the best tool for scraping to achieve a smooth even surface?

Comment by Antonin Sedlacik on September 18, 2018 at 10:47pm

Frame is only to give a shape" to your painting, but it is not necessary to frame it just for an art show.Framing is up to a buyer who will frame it or asks to frame  work for her/him ... ( my experience, just saying ) 

Comment by Gundula Stevens on September 18, 2018 at 8:12am

I think one could join together sheets of encaustic card on the back with tape, as the wax will strengthen and bind it together anyway. Afterwards a large piece of card on the back, would give it more stability and hide the seem/ joint. I would try it that 

You can always try it ou with smaller pieces of paper.

Comment by Gundula Stevens on September 18, 2018 at 8:01am

If you have an encaustic painting on canvas, does it have to be framed, or is it OK to put it into an exhibition without a frame? 

Comment by monique bayles on October 4, 2016 at 10:08am
Aha! I have just discovered that latex paint is for us in Uk, emulsion paint. I was thinking that you meant latex from the rubber tree, so my question probably seemed really silly.
Comment by Antonin Sedlacik on October 3, 2016 at 9:34pm

Many people are saying latex is not good..... it is a myth among people who doesn't know anything about it. I've seen a ,ot of vodeios on YouTube how people are burning beeswax while heating their work..... I just said ouch... incredible to watch. ...anyways...latex can be bought at any hardware store or Home Depot ( if you are in the States, or any paint shop ) is important that latex as primer  , don't buy any latex with a finish > means > eggshell, or pearl,semi gloss,gloss ... you don't need finish need latex primer .... apply a thin coat on your pad ( if your pad is slick on the surface you can pass sandpaper on it make it little rougher viz > untempered masonite ) ... the best is birch board for me. ..... 

Comment by monique bayles on October 3, 2016 at 4:17pm

Thank you Antonin, thats really interesting. I have tried acrylic gesso today and it seems to work if the heat is kept down. Are you able to buy latex in a liquid form? I should like to try it.

Comment by Antonin Sedlacik on October 2, 2016 at 12:39am

Encaustic means to burn in and not to burn through , acrylic gesso is very fine and there is no harm & faul using it as undercoat for encaustic work. It is also suggested that beeswax contains very specific and fine acids therefore  a strong heat doesn't do any good to it ( potentially cracking ) . For instance, I've been  using latex undercoating for over 30 years and my experience is as positive. many times it is not what We use but how We use it.

Comment by monique bayles on October 1, 2016 at 5:35pm
Is it possible to use a gesso other than one containing rabbit skin? I'd like to use something a bit more ethical but info I have found suggests that using an acrylic gesso results in the base bubbling up when a heat gun is applied. Does anyone have any info?
Comment by Antonin Sedlacik on March 22, 2016 at 11:11pm

Я думаю, они положили белый пигмент в белый пчелиный воск.
Я не могу представить себе ничего другого, как они делают это.

Comment by Lyudmila Puchkina on March 22, 2016 at 12:32pm

Здравствуйте, Антонин!  Я не знаю из какого воска делается чисто белый восковой карандаш. Но раз промышленное производство делает  белые восковые карандаши,  видимо, есть какой-то способ  его изготовления . Мне бы очень хотелось узнать этот способ, но как это возможно - не знаю.  Спасибо Вам за участие в обсуждении.

Comment by Antonin Sedlacik on March 22, 2016 at 9:56am

Здравствуйте Людмила, вопрос в том, что вы хотели бы знать, как сделать белый пчелиный воск из желтого пчелиного воска?

Comment by Lyudmila Puchkina on March 22, 2016 at 12:33am

Дорогие друзья!

У меня возник следующий вопрос: хотела бы узнать на него ответы. Может быть у кого-нибудь есть опыт в этом деле. Я пользуюсь наборами восковых карандашей различных фирм. Не знаю почему, но редко, когда в наборе имеется восковой карандаш чисто белого цвета. Мне так не хватает чисто белого воска. Может быть кто-то знает, как самим сделать чисто белый воск. В интернете я не нашла ответа на этот вопрос.

Comment by Antonin Sedlacik on March 8, 2016 at 1:48pm

Seems like you found your way with this issue , sorry for being late.. ;-)

Comment by Emma Randall on March 8, 2016 at 1:19pm

Hi everyone, I've just joined and not quite sure how to navigate this site. How do I post a piece of art please? I'm aware of the icon above (next to Link) but not sure I'm doing it from the right page?

Comment by Antonin Sedlacik on March 2, 2016 at 6:28pm

As Mari  suggested , try eBay or Amazon ...perhaps..

Comment by Monique Van Londersele on February 24, 2016 at 12:56pm

Where can I buy Shellac?

Comment by Chantal vanden Berghe on December 12, 2015 at 3:04pm
As a beginner I couldn't afford the price for a "real" hot plate, so I bought a warming tray, and this works too.
Payed it 50€, not 300€...... Quite a difference.
Comment by Melanie Williams on June 8, 2015 at 2:13am

For cleaning your tools.

I have a pot in which I melt down tea lights.  Its a very cheap way of cleaning your tools, brushes, hot tray etc.,  You can also use them to rub over your iron to clean it.  I find them invaluable.  I also save the ends of old candles and use them in the same way.

Comment by Lorna Kemp on January 3, 2015 at 8:06pm

I am in the process of making a comprehensive list of All Instructors who Teach using encaustic [hot wax] as a medium.

What I plan to do and what I need you to do, should you wish to be on this list.

If you wish your information included on this list, you must send it directly to me, so that gives me the authorization to include you.

I cannot include people who do not directly request to be included. I cannot and will not go into peoples web sites or the like to glean their information.

I want to insure that what I create is above board and for anyone to use.

What I need is very simple: Your name, the type of workshops/classes you teach, introduction, intermediate, advanced, etc., your location [City/ Province or State] and your email or a web site where people can contact you. Please email to

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