Encaustics are an ancient medium of pigmented wax and are a nice break from my traditional oil paints.
It loosens me up every time I paint with it.
I really like the high quality handmade encaustic paint I get from Evans Encaustics in Sonoma California. Their paint has no fillers or binders and contains a heavy pigment load.
These varied and delicious colors need to be mixed with medium because they are so concentrated.
I am particularly enthusiastic because I can duplicate my Old Master's Oil Paint Earth Palette with these encaustic paint sticks.
Their medium is made of natural refined beeswax and a food-grade damar resin. I like the way it handles and I've become addicted to it.
728 First Street West
Sonoma, California 95476
And contact Hylla Evans (hylla at comcast.net) if you have any questions about her wonderful paint - she hand makes every bit of it.
The Evans Encaustics website has a free newsletter and offers workshops for encaustic painters.
And Joanne Mattera has written my favorite book on the subject of encaustic painting - good enough to get me started using encaustics. It is available at Amazon.