This is cold wax. Years ago, when I cleaned up my studio after 12 years of oil based zinc plate printmaking (etchings) I swore I'd never let oil back into my studio. But then encaustic snuck under the door. And one thing always leads to another.
So here are the suspects. Dorlands cold wax. CitraSolv. Dry pigments and oils - tools, gloves, rags, ventilation, the whole wonderful, stinky, gosh-awful business.
The hardest part is waiting for things to dry. Overnight!! my friends. While I tap my little toes. The images above were where the little canvases were at the end of day one.
And at the end of day two; still not finished, hardly even started but I wanted to share my pain. What you can do with the cold wax is so similar to some of the plaster painting techniques that I am in a frenzy of experimentation and manic happiness. Then I will try some of the techniques with slow drying acrylics. One of my mentors told me to slow down and focus but if that were possible I wouldn't be who I am. I am just not product driven. I am a girl who still likes to play in the "mud".