Michelle mixing her paint

I debuted my new class tonight, Mixing Your Own Encaustic Paint, and everyone went home energized and ready to make more! First we mixed up a big batch of encaustic medium (beeswax + damar resin) then used that mixture to make paint using each students choice of pigment and colors. Powdered pigments were popular, as were Lyra encaustic crayons.

Mixing Encaustic Medium

Here I am demonstrating how to mix encaustic medium using beeswax and resin. We later used what was made here to mix our paint.

Mixing Encaustic Paint

Ruth and Cinnamon remove their new paint from the griddle to cool. Everyone takes home 4 pots of paint.

Mix encaustic paint on griddleWe also discussed the unique properties of pre-mixed paint brands including R&F Handmade Paints, Evans Encaustics, Enkaustikos and Wagner Encaustics. Before the night was over everyone got a chance to try mixing paint directly on the palette, and learned how to clean up waxy brushes. After learning to mix the medium and paint themselves, each student wet home with 3 colors of paint and a pot of clear medium. If you want to try it yourself join me for the next paint mixing class on April 24. Start saving your tuna and cat food cans now!

See more class images here or visit my web site for upcoming class schedules.