What Supplies Do I Need To Start Painting?
You can start with the necessities and then add more tools or paints as you get more comfortable with the medium. We recommend you watch our youtube video where Kathryn walks you through the basic supplies and check out our safety guidelines webpage to help get you acquainted with studio recommendations.
A checklist for beginners:
- A hot palette. Pancake griddles are easily affordable at department stores and work well for encaustic use.
- Wax paints. Start with the basic color palette, primary colors, to get a handle on color mixing techniques and then add additional colors as you go.
- Wax Medium. This is used for basecoats, topcoats, extending colors, and glazing.
- Slick Wax. This is our non-solvent cleaner used for cleaning your palette and brushes.
- A heat gun or heat lamp for fusing your paint layers.
- Hog bristle brushes.
- Paper towels.
- Substrates that are compatible with encaustic.
- Optional: A variety of tools such as scrapers, pottery loops, or picks are also nice to have on hand if you would like to try scraping or incising effects. These tools are easy to find at your local art supply store or you may even have them in your studio already.