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Posted By: George O'Hanlon
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Thanks, Scott, for the comment.

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Posted : Apr 18, 2017
Posted By: Scott Rowley
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Ceracolors and encaustic paint cannot be mixed together because the latter is applied hot (melted wax) and the former is applied cold. However, you can apply Ceracolors over encaustic. It is best to apply encaustic paint (which is hot melted wax) to the support first and then apply Ceracolors (which is water-based paint) over this layer.

 

I have had some really nice effects by carving thin crosshatched lines in encaustic, then painting ceracolors over it. This helps keep it from beading up. It carves better cold. I add multiple layers, heating to soften between each application. It's somewhere between carving, painting and drawing. You can use a woodworking scraper, lightly, to flatten the wax and reveal the lower layers.

Posted : Apr 18, 2017
Posted By: George O'Hanlon
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Joined Date: Jun 15, 2004

Ceracolors and encaustic paint cannot be mixed together because the latter is applied hot (melted wax) and the former is applied cold. However, you can apply Ceracolors over encaustic. It is best to apply encaustic paint (which is hot melted wax) to the support first and then apply Ceracolors (which is water-based paint) over this layer.

George O'Hanlon Technical Director Natural Pigments
Posted : Feb 17, 2017
Posted By: Bart Charlow
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Joined Date: Jan 8, 2017

If so, do you need to do one first, then the other, or can they be mixed in any layer?

Posted : Feb 17, 2017

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