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Explore our wide range of pigments for encaustic and cold-wax paint

Rublev Colours Armenian Mummy Red Light PigmentRublev Colours Armenian Mummy Red Light Pigment
Rublev Colours Armenian Mummy Red Light Pigment

This section provides a selection of pigments suitable for encaustic and cold-wax painting. You will find various pigments available for purchase, confident in their compatibility with encaustic and cold-wax mediums. For specific techniques or application methods of these pigments in encaustic and cold-wax mediums, please consult the Natural Pigments Artists Materials blog of this website.

Encaustic painting uses pigments that are compatible with wax. These can include natural pigments, mineral pigments, and modern synthetic pigments, provided they are finely ground and free from water-soluble components.

Cold wax can be mixed with all pigments that are considered suitable to use with oil paints.

Rublev Colours dry powder and aqueous dispersion pigments are made by Natural Pigments. Please read our description of Rublev Colours Pigments for more information. For information about the permanence and composition of Rublev Colours Pigments, visit Pigments Composition and Permanence.

Visit our Swatch and Pigment guide for details on Rublev Colours Pigments images and where to find pigment information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What pigments are used in encaustic painting?

Encaustic painting typically uses pigments that are compatible with wax. These can include natural pigments, mineral pigments, and modern synthetic pigments, provided they are finely ground and free from water-soluble components. Pigments should be heat-resistant to allow them to be added to melted wax for encaustic painting without changing color or degradation./

Can you mix pigment with wax?

Yes, pigments can be mixed with wax to create encaustic paint. The pigments should be thoroughly combined with melted wax, often beeswax, to ensure even color distribution.

How do you add pigment to encaustic?

Pigments are added to melted wax and mixed until the desired color intensity is achieved. This mixture can then be applied to the surface using brushes or other tools while the wax is still warm.

What are encaustic colors?

Encaustic colors are made by combining pigments with hot wax. The resulting paint has a unique texture and depth, offering vibrant colors that are durable and resistant to moisture.

Can you use cold wax with encaustic?

Cold wax can be used in conjunction with encaustic techniques, offering a softer, paste-like medium that can be applied at room temperature, allowing for different textures and finishes.

What can you mix with cold wax?

Cold wax can be mixed with oil paints, powdered pigments, and other materials like marble dust or sand to create various textures and effects in painting.

What can I use to add color to candle wax?

To add color to candle wax, you can use specially formulated candle dyes, powdered pigments suitable for wax, or oil-soluble dyes, ensuring they are mixed thoroughly with the melted wax before pouring.

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