At Enkaustikos, we are dedicated to creating professional artist grade colors and use only the finest ingredients, regardless of costs. Our paints contain US Pharmaceutical (USP) Grade Beeswax, Damar Resin, and Artist Grade Pigments.
USP Grade Beeswax is a more expensive beeswax than Purified Beeswax but we use USP for a very good reason. USP Beeswax is a natural beeswax that goes through a heat filtering process that removes pollen and other natural adulterants that honey bees bring back to the honeycomb. This a chemical-free filtering process and it produces a highly refined beeswax without the use of bleaches. By using the USP Beeswax in our paints, it eliminates chemicals and bleaches from the artist's encaustic palette. USP Beeswax is the same type of beeswax that is used in the medical and cosmetics industry.
Another natural ingredient that we use is Damar Resin. This is actually hardened tree sap. We heat filter this to remove bark and other debris that may have been trapped inside the sticky sap. It is important to note that we do not use damar varnish because it is made with turpentine, which is not only flammable but also harmful to breathe. We make sure to use only the finest Damar Resin in our paints and this, in combination with the USP beeswax, produces our Enkaustikos Wax Medium. To the Wax Medium, we add the highest quality pigments.
When it comes to selecting pigments, we select pigments after doing extensive research and testing. There are many different factors that we consider before selecting a pigment for our color line. Every artist considers factors like tinting strength and lightfastness when selecting their colors but, artists who work in encaustic also have to factor in heat stability. Encaustic colors will be heated typically in the range of 150 to 175 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there will be times when an artist may inadvertently overheat an area with a hot air gun which could cross the 200 degree barrier. Consequently, artists working in this medium must be concerned with the stability of their pigments under every possible condition. Therefore, we select pigments based on whether they are lightfast and engineered to withstand the heated encaustic process. We select only the best pigments suitable. Through our research, testing, and commitment to quality colors we have added beautiful colors like Bismuth Yellow and avoided colors like Hansa Yellow which are not heat stable. Learn more.
The best way to explain why our milling system is so important is by showing a side-by-side comparison of hand mixed paint to paint mill on our state-of-the-art equipment. Until the availability of professionally milled paint, artists had to make their own encaustic paint. Making your own paint is not only time consuming but results are inconsistent. In addition, artists are working with powdered pigments so extra health precautions should be exercised. Today’s artist working in encaustic are more like acrylic, oil and watercolor artists who prefer to spend their valuable time painting rather than making paint. The images below offer good reasons to use professional quality paint, especially if you use your paint for glazing techniques.
Many customers have asked how our color line compares to other brands. We offer more single pigment paints than any other company! Enkaustikos currently mills 88 colors, 75 of which are single pigment paints. We could have easily expanded our color line by just mixing together a few existing colors to offer a larger range but we feel that artists can easily mix their own colors if given the best single pigment paints to begin with. Why is a single pigment paint so important? The main reason is that with a single pigment paint an artist will have the greatest opportunity to create the most intense, clean, and luminous color mixes. A good rule to follow when it comes to color mixing is to use the least number of pigments to create your custom mix. The more pigments you use to make a custom mix the more likely you are of making a muddy and dull paint. If you want to "gray down" a paint color, your best option is to mix compliment single pigment paints together. In this way, your grays will be rich and radiant. Using single pigment colors are the key to producing the best mixes. Learn more
Our Pigment Load.
We are dedicated to providing our customers with the most beautiful, rich, vibrant encaustic colors available. In order to do this, we heavily pigment our colors with the finest artist-grade pigments. Many customers have asked about our paint's pigment load, therefore we've posted a paint swatch.