From the studio: Tools I use for encaustic work...
Hake brushes, scrapers, palette knives and tools for carving into the encaustic...
Hake brushes are the best for working in encaustic. Sometimes I use my regular oil brushes but I prefer these.
I've been using palette knives to apply paint since my college days when I first began oil painting. I cannot do without a variety of palette knives! I used them like brushes. You can tell which ones get the most use. I actually do clean these tools sometimes, when necessary.
This is a tool for rendering various effects. The tips are changeable for different techniques. I don't use this tool often, as I find it tricky to control; the heat isn't adjustable.
Encaustic paints- some are homemade from oil paint I have on hand; others were purchased. I use muffin tins to make new colors.
Largest griddle I could find at Target..I could actually use a second one but first I need more table space. For fusing the painting layers once they're applied, I use a Wagner heat gun, which has two settings. (Not shown here.)
To drain excess oil from tube paints, I squeeze some onto a paper towel and leave it for a few hours. Less oil in encaustic is actually better for curing purposes, I've found.
Lately I've been making my own encaustic medium: 1 part damar resin crystals to 8 parts beeswax. Making it from scratch saves money but it's a bit time consuming, so I make as much as I can at one time.
The more I work in this amazing medium, the more beautiful it becomes to me.