Cold Wax Demo with Bea Pappas and Deborah Butler

  • 20 Sep 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Lowell Arts, 223 W. Main St. Lowell, MI 49331
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  • Cold Wax demo with Bea Papas and Deborah Butler
  • Cold Wax demo with Bea Papas and Deborah Butler

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Cold Wax Demonstration

This demo will give you the technique of using cold wax and oil paint. This medium is a way of using wax without heat.

You will learn about proper substrates, tools, mixing, types of solvents, application, plus techniques of mark making, adding collage, scraping and more.  There will also be an opportunity for “playing” on your own.

We will provide examples, substrates, wax, tools and some paints.  You may wish to bring some of your favorite colors.

12:00 - 2:00 Lunch on your own
2:00 - 5:30

Cold Wax demo with hands on time


What is Cold Wax Painting?

Cold Wax Painting is antype of painting that heavily utilizes Cold Wax Medium into oil colors. In its own way, Cold Wax Painting blurs the line between oil painting and encaustic painting.

What is Cold Wax Medium?

Gamblin Cold Wax Medium a mixture of natural beeswax (wax pastilles), Gamsol and a small amount of alkyd resin. The term “cold” in Cold Wax Medium and Cold Wax Painting refers to the fact that heat is not required for working with this wax medium – as it dries by solvent evaporation (Gamsol), rather than the cooling of the wax, as in encaustic painting. As the Gamsol evaporates out of the medium, the soft wax hardens to the density of a beeswax candle. Unlike other Gamblin painting mediums, which increase the flow and gloss of oil colors to varying degrees, Cold Wax Medium makes oil colors thicker and more matte.

Cold Wax Painting Techniques

Cold Wax medium is a dense paste, it is excellent in creating a variety of textures within a painting. It has a “short” characteristic and gives a clean break off of the brush or knife, retaining the sharp peaks of impasto. These working properties allow for expressive brushmarks and the ability to carve into paint layers with palette knives. Cold Wax also gives oil colors a beautiful translucent quality, similar to the seductive surfaces of encaustic paintings. Cold Wax Painting utilizes experimental approaches, including the use of brayers, stencils, and textural elements such as bubble wrap or wire screens. The possibilities are endless!


Cold Wax Medium is compatible with oil colors, alkyd/oil colors, alkyd-based painting mediums, and Gamsol. Fast-drying mediums such as Galkyd and Galkyd Gel will increase the tack when mixed with Cold Wax Medium. Neo Megilp, our silky, soft gel medium gives the wax a smoother feel and will round the peaks of impasto. These alkyd mediums will increase the gloss level of Cold Wax (just as adding Cold Wax lowers the gloss level of these mediums). Adding Gamsol to Cold Wax Medium will make it more fluid without adding gloss.


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