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Encaustic Works

To purchase a hand-painted encaustic or Pigment Stick® color chart, an R&F apron, a copy of either of our Encaustic Works exhibition catalogs, a hake brush set, or one of our limited edition colors, visit encausticworks.com.



Encaustic medium is an essential component to encaustic painting. Our medium is composed of 100% USP beeswax and damar resin. Medium can be used to create transparency and extend colors, as well as for mixed media and sculptural applications. It is available in 1 lb, 2 lb, 5 lb, and 10 lb bags, or in 333 ml cakes.



Our Impasto Modeling Wax is a blend of microcrystalline waxes and beeswax designed for sculptural purposes. It can be cast, carved, and layered to create a textural surface. The melting point (175°F, 79°C) is higher than that of encaustic (approximately 162°F, 72°C). The difference in temperature allows one to paint and fuse the encaustic over a shape without immediately blunting sculptural details. Impasto is available in 333 ml cakes.


R&F Heated Palettes

A heated palette provides a surface to melt medium and mix encaustic paint on. R&F’s palettes feature an anodized aluminum surface, which prevents reactivity that could discolor pigments. The surface also makes it easy to see paint colors. The 16” x 16” (40.6cm x 40.6cm) palette features a built-in brush holder, adjustable legs, and a separate heating element. The 12” x 12” (30.5cm x 30.5cm) palette features a Baltic birch base, separate heating element, and comes preassembled. 


R&F Palette Cups

Palette cups can be used to melt large amounts of paint at one time. They are excellent for keeping colors pure or for saving mixes. Our palette cups are made of a heavy aluminum and steel alloy. Large rectangular cups can hold one 104 ml cake and are offered in a handy 3-pack.


Palette Thermometer

This is an essential component of painting safely with encaustics. Perfect for reading the temperature of your encaustic palette or other heated surfaces. The surface thermometer has a temperature range of 50°-600° F.


Heat Gun

The R&F heat gun is an integral part of your tool kit. It features two speeds and a variable temperature setting for versatility in heating the painting surface.


Heat Gun Nozzles

R&F makes two different kinds of heat gun nozzles. The fan nozzle and the reduction nozzle offer the user a wider range in terms of heat application.


R&F Heated Tools

An R&F heated handle, temperature regulator, and interchangeable screw-on tips allow artists to fuse and manipulate with ease, as well as create unique marks. The temperature regulator keeps heated tools at a safe working temperature. It plugs into a standard 120 v. household outlet. Heated screw on tips tools vary in size and include a burnisher for smoothing the surface and mark making; a pointed horn for scribing; and an iron with a flat bottom that tapers to a sharp point.


R&F Brushes

R&F’s brushes are made from natural hair, rather than synthetic fibers, to prevent melting and scorching on heated surfaces. Each brush features a unique mid-length handle designed specifically for table-top painting on encaustic surfaces.

The full line includes 27 varieties of natural chunking bristle brushes, including bright, flat, filbert, short filbert, round and fan shapes. Three additional sizes of flat brushes are available in a custom blend of softer natural hair. These are ideal for working with thinner viscosities of color and creating smooth, enamel-like finishes.

R&F hake brushes feature a split shank with sewn in bristles for added durability. Each brush is made of soft goat hair, which won't scorch or melt. R&F hake brushes are ideal for creating smooth, even washes of color. They come in 1 1/2", 2 1/2", or 4" widths.


R&F Encaustic Gesso

R&F’s Encaustic Gesso provides an easy-to-use, water-based ground specifically formulated for use with encaustic paints. This gesso differs from typical acrylic gessos by having a higher proportion of solid to binder, making it absorbent while retaining the adhesive qualities of acrylic. It comes in 4 oz., 16 oz., 32 oz. or 128 oz. containers. 



Beeswax is the chief component of our encaustic paint. Our beeswax has been decolorized by mechanical filtration, rather than through bleaching which breaks the wax down. Filtering the wax is gentler process that makes it less reactive to pigments than chemical bleaching. The wax comes granulated so that it is easier to measure and to melt. It is available in 1 lb., 5 lb., and 10 lb. bags.



Damar is a hard natural resin that comes from a family of deciduous trees that grow in the East Indies. In encaustic paint, damar resin is used to harden the beeswax and raise its melting temperature. Damar allows the wax to be buffed to a higher, more translucent surface and helps prevent blooming. To use damar to make your own encaustic medium, it must be melted in the beeswax and strained. You can make damar varnish by dissolving the resin in turpentine. It is available in 1 lb., 5 lb., and 10 lb. bags.


Soy Wax

Soy wax (actually partially hydrogenated soybean oil) is an excellent alternative to paraffin for cleaning brushes. Soy beans are a renewable resource, unlike paraffin, which is a petroleum product. Soy wax is non-toxic and naturally biodegradable. Soy wax is easy to remove. After the color has been cleaned out of your brush, the brush can be washed with soap and water, and used with other mediums. It is available in 1 lb., 5lb., or 10lb bags.