Required Electric Supply:
~ A dual temperature heat gun. If you have a
heat gun from your rubber-stamping days that will
work. (A hairdryer will not suffice)
~ An electric griddle with a temperature reading
dial. There is a griddle specific to encaustics,
but your pancake griddle is larger than the encaustic version.
~ A "wax pot" (or fondue pot) can have the electric
plug with temperature dial, or a small sauce pan that rests on top
of your electric griddle.
~ Power strip (with surge protection) and heavy-duty extension
cord. (please label with name)
~ If you have any of the following feel free to bring them, but
they are NOT required;
tacking iron (miniature head on a heat wand)
small travel iron (no holes on bottom of iron)
Any other heat, etching, or burnishing tools.
Required Items to be purchased:
~ 2 bags of R&F Encaustic Medium (I will have more
available for purchase at class if needed)
~ A starter kit of Encaustic Paints (colors of your choice) at
least 4 or 5 colors. We will be making some of
our own colors so you will be learning that
skill. I will also have some colors for sale
~ 1 R&F Pigment stick in the color of your
choice. (We will likely each come with different
colors and can possibly share our colors to expand our palettes)
~ One Cradled Birch board (wooden) Painting
Board. This will be for your final
project. Please nothing larger than a 12 x 12 as
our work spaces are limited. You decide the size
and bring it to class. It can be pre-gessoed or
Resources Provided by Instructor:
~ Multiple practice boards for each student
~ Paper ephemera to layer (more to purchase if you need it)
~ Laser images to transfer
~ Texture making tools
~ Pigments and pastels (to expand on what you’ve brought)
~ Various other wonderful supplies.
Other Required Items (usually these are on hand
~ Assorted cans (tuna sized) for encaustic paints.
~ Natural bristle brushes wide and narrow (about 10 to 15, one
for each color)
~ Craft sticks, or chop sticks about 15(for stirring, scraping,
~ Wooden clothespins (not plastic) one for each of your metal
~ Small paring knife or a straight blade (for lifting items out
~ Blue painter’s tape (2 inch is best)
~ Pigments, alcohol inks, Pan-Pastels, charcoal pencils…. any
favorite pigment EXCEPT acrylic.
~ Oil paints (we will be using these to make our own colors)
~ Etching tools; clay carving tools, dentist picks, old knife….
~ A roll of wax paper for burnishing and wrapping.
~ Multiple sets of disposable latex gloves for each day.
~ A roll of paper towels, or paper "shop clothes".
~ A small package of baby wipes.
~ Painter smock or an old shirt to cover your clothes. (old
shoes too…. wax drips)
~ "Embeddables" ; feathers, small stones, postage
stamps, a lock of hair, bits of lace, coffee filters, an old coin.
~ 8 to 10 encaustic ideas from Pinterest that inspire
you. Print them and bring them to class.
~ A laser copy of an old black and white family picture.
(transferred image will be reversed)
~ A sharpie permanent marker.
Resources for Encaustic Supplies:
R&F Encaustics (They are the leading supplier of all things
Encaustikos, Dick Blick, Cheap Joes, Amazon