Getting Started

Basic Encaustic Studio Set-Up

Here's a list of essentials to set up your studio and start creating your encaustic artwork:

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Hot PalettePresto Slimline griddle - $50

Used as a hot surface to keep your paints liquefied during use.

 

Surface ThermometerAcuRite - $9

Used to monitor your working temperature: Working Temp 200°F  / 93°C.

Exhaust Fan: (one or more) - $10

Needed for proper ventilation.  

 

Extension cord - $14

Fire Extinguisher2x Tundra fire extinguishers - $25

Always have at least two or more fire extinguishers placed at opposite sides of your studio. 

Work Table: Sturdy with a fire resistant surface - Variable

Can source from home, secondhand store, or have constructed.

Bernzomatic Torch: TS 3500 torch head with one tank of propane - $70 online or $35 from hardware store

Flat Bottom Tins for Wax: 12 pack tea tins - $18

 Can source from second hand store, but they must have flat bottoms.

Foil Pans: 12 packs of 5 - $25

For containing encaustic medium and large amounts of paint.


Brushes: 1” and 2” Chip Brushes - $1 each or 24 pack assorted sizes - $11

Must be natural bristle, pure hog bristle brushes.

GlovesNitrile disposable gloves - $10 for 50 pairs

Shop / Paper Towels: 3 Pack - $14

 

Potter’s Loop: 1 and 3/4" with a small and large side - $6

For cleaning edges and editing the surface.

Exacto Knife: #1 knife and blade - $6

For editing and removing brush hairs from your work.

Putty Knife: stiff, not flexible type - $5

For cleaning work surface and removing any excess wax from back of panel.

Encaustic Medium: 2lb R&F encaustic medium pellets - $42

Basic Encaustic Paint Colors:

Titanium White (R&F 104 ml) - $21

Naples Yellow (R&F 40 ml) - $14

Cadmium Red Medium (R&F 40 ml) - $20

Ultramarine Blue (R&F 40 ml) - $13

Chromium Oxide Green (R&F 40 ml) - $15

Cobalt Teal (Enkaustikos Hot Sticks 13ml) - $11

Cadmium Orange (Enkaustikos Hot Sticks 13ml) - $12

Cobalt Violet (Enkaustikos Hot Sticks 13ml) - $13

Light Tones Set of 5 (Enkaustikos Hot Sticks 13ml each) - $28 

 

8” x 8” Birch Panels: pack of 5 from Art Alternatives - $25

Must be a rigid, absorbent substrate.

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