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Old 09-04-13, 09:01 AM
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In the book "Ekfrasis" by Kondoglou, there is a small chapter on mixing the pigments with wax. He says that the original method was of course the encaustic, melting the whole thing by fire since there was nothing else to do the job. He goes on to say that today we have turpentine, and he gives a recipe.

The wax is grated in very small pieces and then you add ten times turpentine. You can add a few drops of linseed oil (not too much) and then use that to mix the pigments. He says it's good for panel, cloth (he means canvas?) or even wall (not fresco).

Has anyone ever tried anything like that?
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Old 09-04-13, 03:20 PM
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Do a search on the term "cold wax medium."
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Old 10-04-13, 05:19 AM
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Thank you, I didn't know about cold wax medium. Very interesting.
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Old 10-04-13, 07:52 AM
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Has anyone ever tried anything like that?
You may also find this interesting:

There is a lesser known form of cold wax medium (thought to have been around at the time of the Egyptian Fayyum portraits) called punic wax (or sometimes referred as cere stucco).

This is quite different from the other cold wax medium, it is water-soluble and also solvent-free and handles somewhat like tempera.
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Old 10-04-13, 11:05 AM
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Thank you so much , that's all new information to me.
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Thanks for turning me onto this!
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