A great article by Rebecca Crowell using Dorland's Wax Medium.
Today the most widely known method of wax painting is encaustic, which involves molten wax, and fusing wax and paint layers with a heat source. There is another way to paint with wax that requires no special equipment or set-up, and is far less toxic than encaustic. This is cold wax medium–a room-temperature substance made by suspending tiny beeswax particles in a base of solvent, resin and other additives.
The concept of warm and cool colors has been written about for hundreds of years. Most theories start with the classic six point color wheel (three primary colors and three secondary colors). A dividing line splits the wheel into warm and cool.
Washi is the Japanese word for the traditional papers made from the long inner fibres of three plants, wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper. As Japan rushes with the rest of the world into the 21st Century, and more modern technologies take over, machines produce similar-looking papers which have qualities very different from authentic washi. As of the fall of 2008, there remained fewer than 350 families still engaged in the production of paper by hand.
When you buy art supplies, you want to get the best value for your money. To make the smartest choices, you need to be intimately familiar with the materials you buy and use. This guide will help you make wiser decisions about the surface you draw and paint on–whether it’s paper, canvas or panels.