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Resources: Updated List of Suppliers for General Studio and Encaustic

I have been updating my list of suppliers for the general studio, and encaustic related tools and equipment. These are companies and individuals that I use, or have been highly recommended by other artists I know. I hope that your experience will be as good as mine, but as always with recommendations, “your mileage may vary.”

Prices and shipping varies, so be sure to read all the details to get the best deal. Signing up for an e-newsletter may result in a coupon later on. Be sure to check the online sale sections. I am often pleasantly surprised to find what I need there. A higher priced item may be made with better quality ingredients, an encaustic paint may be more densely pigmented, and a specialized tool may last longer. Only you can decide what is the best deal based on your research, need and budget.

If you have a favorite business or individual you would like to add to my list, just drop me a note in a comment!

Encaustic Art Supplies


Clairvoyant Encaustics. Encaustic medium.

Custom Art Panels by Rodney Thompson

Encaustic Supplies

Enkaustikos. Great videos.

Evans Encaustics. Hylla’s amazing encaustic paints.

Fine Art Store. Enkaustikos encaustic paint, raw materials, tools, short training videos, Ampersand Encausticbords.

Kama Pigment Encaustic Paint

Miles Conrad Encaustics. Encaustics made by Miles Conrad.

Paula Roland. Hot Box

R&F Handmade Paints. Encaustic and oil pigment sticks (the best). Workshops, blog, forum, …

Wagner Encaustics

Wax Works Supplies


Dadant and Sons

Douglas and Stugis/ArtAtuff. Damar crystals, waxes, sculpture tools

Strahl & Pitsch (best source yellow beeswax)

Swans Candles LLP. Pelletized pharmaceutical  grade beeswax

Books and DVDs


The Art of Encaustic Painting by Joanne Mattera

Embracing Encaustics: Learning to Paint with Beeswax by Linda & William Womack

Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide to Creating Fine Art with Wax by Lissa Rankin

Encaustic Mixed Media: Innovative Techniques and Surfaces for Working With Wax by Patricia Seggebruch

Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf. Book.

Encaustic Workshop Book by Patricia B. Seggebruch

Mysterious Fayum Portraits by Euphrosyne Doxiadis


Encaustic +Paper taught by Wax Works West, Wendy Aikin, Judy Stabile, Daniella Woolf. DVD: 155 minutes.

Encaustic Monotypes: Painterly Prints with Heat and Wax by Paula Roland. DVD: 145 minutes.

Encaustic with a Textile Sensibility by Daniella Woolf. DVD: 120 minutes

Wax Twist: Advanced Encaustic Techniques by Cari Hernandez. DVD: 110 minutes.

Damar Resin Crystals

Douglas and Stugis/ArtAtuff. Damar crystals, waxes, sculpture tools

Utrecht. Paper, damar crystals, brushes, general art supplies.

Metal Leaf

Sepp Leaf 

Sinopia Pigments and Materials

Metal Hot Press Foil

Crown Roll Leaf

Texas Craft


Graphic Chemical and Ink. Paper, inks, rollers and brayers, everything printmaking related.


Mulberry Paper and More

OAS: Oriental Art Supply

Pigments and Inks

Earth Pigments .“Non-toxic pigments, mica powders and mediums”

Faust Ink

Graphic Chemical and Ink. Paper, inks, rollers and brayers, everything printmaking related.

Kama Pigments


Printing: Post Cards, Business Cards, …

Modern Postcard

Moo. Mini-business cards, stickers, …

Overnight Print

Shipping Materials

Foam Board Source

Talas. Silicone release paper. Bookbinding, conservation and restoration supplies.

Uline. Shipping and packaging supplies, storage, safety and more.



Bento. Organize events, track projects, … (Mac)

eArtist. Business management tool. (PC, Mac)

GYST: Organize your inventory, projects and more. (PC, Mac)

Working Artist. …”Manage the business side of art”… (PC)


The Complete Sculptor

Dolan Tools

Georgies Ceramics and Tile Co.

Kemper Tools

Krueger Pottery.

Polymer Clay Express

Sculpture House.


K&J Magnetics. Neodymium magnets

Lidded Tins

Specialty Bottle

Best Containers. Metal lidded tins

Treenway Silks

General Art materials and Supplies

Artist & Craftsman Supply. Wooden painting panels, general art supplies.

ArtMart. R&F product line. Ampersand Encausticbords. General art supplies.
Local, St. Louis.

Art Supplies Online

ASW Express

Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff

Daniel Smith Art Materials

Dick Blick. Panels, encaustic paints and supplies, general needs.

Jerry’s Art Arama

Metropolitan Picture Framing

Pearl Paint

Utrecht. Paper, damar crystals, brushes, general art supplies.

Hope you find what you need! Add your go-to supplier in a comment!

New Work: 100 Thoughts

sauce_chalksWhat started out as a journal exercise of a few hours turned into a 3 week project exploring color and texture, and  thinking about reflections from surfaces and thoughts. View the series for  “100 Thoughts” on Flickr.

encaustics_paper_set2The reflections off water, glass, marble, and other transparent, translucent or glossy surfaces have always intrigued me. The image that is reflected is often distorted, ambiguous, hazy, blurry, and edited by the shape of the surface. Sometimes, much like our thoughts. Situations and encounters can occasionally leave our thoughts bouncing around like light off a surface: uncertain, out of focus, out of context, or clear but truncated.


“100 Thoughts” is a  set of small images that correspond to thoughts that were generated by the act of mark making with encaustic paint on paper. Although some of the images began with an idea, most were “named” after the image was completed. When the actions of the mark making were done, the thought regarding the image crystallized. Titles were kept short to correspond with the small image size, and a specific idea.

All pieces in the set are encaustic with oil bar on Fabriano Artistico paper. The paper is 5 1/2 ” x 6″  (14 cm x 15 cm), images are about 4″ x 4″ (10 cm x 10 cm). Edges were taped, creating a restricted painting/reflection area. Not unlike a print edition, the edges and backs of the paper were kept as clean as possible. Images that were inconsistent with the established theme were removed from the set. Out of an original 116, only 100 were selected for the completed set. The others were added to the original journal entry.

100_thoughts_allSome titles from the  “100 Thoughts” series:

Answer II
Berries I
Blaze II
Blueberry Kiss II
Creamsicle Sky I
Fever I
Frosting II
Fury I
Glow I
Inner Glow II
Jam I
Jumble Ice I
Last Remark I
Mindful II
Night Mood II
Odd Moment II
Promise I
Rhubarb Vortex I
Startle I
Stormy Light II
Sweetness I
Thinking I
Transpired I
Undecided II
Whispers I

[ No music in the studio today. Only the snoring of 2 cats and a dog, and the soft sounds of heat on metal – the encaustic paints being warmed on the metal palette.]

Show Acceptance: “Meditation: Sunset”

“Meditation: Sunset” was accepted in the Working in Wax exhibit.  Juror Eileen P. Goldenberg. Bedford Gallery,  May 6 – June 21, 2009.

“Encaustic paint has luminous translucency, a succulent surface, and warms to the touch, like human skin. It offers a wide range of applications, such as using the pure encaustic with no color, adding pigments for rich color, creating texture, casting in molds, collaging with photographs, and making sculptures by combining it with wood, steel, and other materials. I believe this is why we love the wax; it gives us endless possibilities for expression.

Selecting well conceived, beautifully executed, and visually satisfying art works was my vision for this show. I was looking for artists who give us a glimpse into their emotions and lives. Though the focus of this show is the material, what is vital to art is the expression of the artists, and it is their visual language that shines through.

Eileen P. Goldenberg, juror”


18″ x 18″ Encaustic with Oil Bar and Metal Leaf .
Canvas on Braced Board. 2009


Detail from bottom left corner.

May 6: Exhibition Opening Reception, 5:00—7:00 p.m.
June 18: Culture + Cocktails Reception, 6:00—8:00 p.m.
June 21: Exhibition closes

Bedford Gallery
1601 Civic Dr.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

If you are close, take a look at the exhibit and snap a picture for me!