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 Palette: Presto Slimline griddle - $50
Used as a hot surface to keep your paints liquefied during use.
Surface Thermometer: AcuRite - $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 Extinguisher: 2x 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.
Gloves: Nitrile 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.
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
8” x 8” Birch Panels: pack of 5 from Art Alternatives - $25
Must be a rigid, absorbent substrate.