Image size 7" x 5"
I had been hearing about a new 'wax' paint called Ceracolors, so when I saw that there was going to be a demonstration at a local art store using these paints, I signed up. They are described as wax and pigment emulsified in water and are supposed to be compatible with encaustic since both are wax. I found that intriguing and bought a sample set of the three primaries plus white and a small bottle of medium. I thought this would be the perfect way to get more detail in my encaustics.
This painting is done on an Ampersand textured claybord panel. The Ceracolors paint comes in a tube and has a smooth consistency that is similar to watercolor tube paints. It was interesting to work with these colors. I guess I would compare it to working with acrylic paints. The paints can be thinned with water, but when I thinned them too much, there were bubbles and it was hard to get a nice wash. I think that had more to do with the surface on which I was working than the paint. On the lower background in this painting, I did a wash of very pale yellow over the blue. I wasn't getting the smooth wash that I wanted so I created a random texture and I think that looks better than it would with a smooth wash. I think that layering these paints to get more texture would be a fun way to work with them.
In the demo, we were told that the paints don't have to be fused like encaustics, but that they can be heated. I was excited to see what results I would get when I used my heat gun, but nothing happened. So then I took my palette with the leftover paint blobs to see if they would melt and they didn't. I am going to do some more experimenting and try mixing these paints with my encaustics to see what happens. Also, I'm going to do some research into the ingredients of this paint, but at this point, I don't think they are only wax, pigment and water.