Hey! Thanks for joining me over on Instagram for Live @ Five. Here is the materials list that I recommend for you, you don't need everything at once but do refer to this as a master list of all the materials you could need. You can also visit the resources page on my website or my Amazon page to see images and prices for these materials.
Equipment and Materials Checklist
- 1 standard fire extinguisher/1 or 2 Tundra aerosol fire extinguisher
- Strong electric fan
- 1 box disposable Nitrile gloves
- Metal fire-safe wastebasket with lid
- Sheetrock - 2 or 3 pieces of 2’ x 2’ sheetrock to cover work surface and create burn zone.
- Griddle, skillet, or hot plate - should have a 200 degree F temperature setting visible.
- Griddle Surface thermometer
- Bernzomatic TS3000 or TS3500 torch and one standard propane fuel cylinder.
- Flat-bottomed tins/foil pans to hold melting wax - minimum of 4 foil ‘mini-loaf pans’ for clear and white medium and 6-12 4 to 8 oz tins for colored encaustic paint.
- Spring clamps: 2 x 2” and 1 x 4” spring clamps.
- Natural bristle brushes - approximately 6 x 2” and 12 x 1” inexpensive chip brushes are a good start.
- Encaustic Medium - 2 x 1 lb (recommended: R & F encaustic medium)*
- Readymade Encaustic paints - R&F/Encaustikos in white, yellow, blue, red, and green. A good start would be R&F’s Encaustic Starter set, supplemented with a stick of ultramarine blue, or Encaustikos Academy Set. These should both be supplemented with an additional stick (R&F) or 1.5 oz tin (Encaustikos) of titanium white. No need to buy translucent colors at this time--you can make any color translucent by adding Clear encaustic medium to it, and you can vary the translucency by adding more medium to make it more translucent (sheer), or less medium to make it less translucent/more opaque.
- Silicone molds in various sizes
- Blue painter’s tape - 1½” wide
- 2 unprimed/raw braced birch painting panels - 10” x 10” or smaller. 8” x 8” size is great for experimenting.
- Shop towels or rags for cleanup
- Exacto knife - #1, #11 blade
- Variety of metal scraping tools: potter’s loop recommended, can use etching, embossing, woodworking or dental tools, for example.
- 2” putty knife for clearing wax drips from work space.
- 12” length of ball chain
- Transfer paper - comes in graphite as well as a variety of colors.
- Oil paint - small amount for creating colored lines.
- Toner photocopy
- Shellac - 1 can Amber
*If making your own medium, require ½ lb bag of damar crystals, and 3 lb white refined beeswax.
Nice to have:
Encaustic oil stick (R&F)
Plastic spoon for burnishing photocopy transfer
Dry pigments (see Safe Studio Practices) in one or more colors, disposable cups and stirring sticks for making colored shellac
Clear Shellac For making white shellac