I’ve taught encaustic workshops for many years using pancake griddles as the hot pallets, so I’ve become pretty opinionated about the type I like. I have a wonderful R&F Paints heated palette which I love, but since most students won’t be able to get that right away I like to teach with what they’re likely to have at home.
My favorite griddle brands are Rival and Presto because they last for years and offer fairly even heat which is important when painting with wax. I was almost tempted this time by another brand offering a white ceramic surface which would be great for mixing colors, but the reviews were not terrific, specifically mentioning uneven heat. So off I went to get my new griddles. It was a pretty funny trip because you get some strange looks at the store when you buy pancake griddles in bulk!
I was disappointed not to find the type I love but then I realized I had stumbled upon something even better: a square griddle (easier to reach everything if you’re shorter like me or can’t stand while you paint) with a tiny drainage area (which keeps any wax you’re mixing on the palette from falling into the drain) and a warming tray attachment that can be removed and replaced with a wooden dowel to create a handy paintbrush holder.
I’ve just replaced all of my griddles with this style for my upcoming 5-day Wax Week classes, so I’m excited to try them out!
If you’d like to join me at Wax Week, 2 spots just opened in my October 19 – 23 Wax Week class in Portland, Oregon. No experience needed. In this 5-day intensive workshop we’ll focus on combining wax with different media like collage papers, photographs, pastels, inks, pigment sticks, stamps and much more. View project photos and register for Wax Week here. Can’t make it to the full week? I’ve just added an option to get one-day passes.