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Cold Wax Painting Medium
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Zest-it Cold Wax Painting Medium

It's a smooth, thick, Wax paste, that is firm in the pot and easily moved with the palette or painting knife.
Mixed with Oil paint it adds texture, body and visual depth. It increases the work-ability and drying time of wax/oil mixture, heat is not needed or recommended.

The Cold Wax Painting Medium is a mixture of Natural Beeswax, Linseed Oil and Gum Damar. It took time to develop and is an evolution of numerous traditional wax painting medium recipes. The Cold Wax Painting Medium dries to a very cohesive and stable 'finish', much better than that of a beeswax candle.

The Wax has under-gone rigorous tests for stability, adhesion, archival qualities and safety of use
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 Cold Wax Painting Medium

 Wax Solvent

Zest-it Wax Solvent

Is ideal for thinning the Cold Wax Painting Medium or a Cold Wax and Oil mixture. Add just a few drops of the solvent to obtain the consistency needed.
Can also be use for thinning the wax mixture and pigment to make glazes. Like the Cold Wax Painting Medium, the solvent is non-flammable, non-toxic and biodegradable.

Use the Zest-it Wax Solvent for cleaning brushes, painting knives, canvas mistakes, palettes and painting tools. After brush cleaning, decant the fluid, save and label for reuse.

Zest-it oils, mediums and varnishes all work with the Cold Wax Painting Medium, they give a change of consistency to the wax/oil.

Zest-it Professional Gesso

When painting using Cold Wax Painting Medium and Oil paint, they need a primed surface that has a degree of absorbency. Most Gesso's available are not absorbant enough, therefore the wax/oil mixture tends to crack or flake-off the surface.

After a lengthy investigation, I found a knowledgeable paint company capable of producing the Gesso necessary for wax and oil painting. The Gesso is handmade in the UK and has the correct amount of absorbency, opacity, tooth and flexibility.

Easy to apply with brush or roller, the Gesso cleans-up with soap and water. Available in three colours, three sizes and all are intermixable.


Professional Gesso

Absorbant Mat

Zest-it Absorbant Mat

Large bristle brushes hold plenty of wax/oil mixture, which is easily washed out of the brush with the Wax Solvent. The wet bristles need to be dried on 'something', this is where the 'Absorbant Mat' excels.

The 'Absorbant Mats' are designed to soak up copious amounts of fluid, therefore the large brushes can be successfully dried on them.

The Mat absorbs and retains the fluid, so less evaporates into the atmosphere and/or work space. For anyone concerned about using 'solvents' in a confined area, these Absorbant Mats could solve the problem.
Surfaces for painting.

There are many surfaces onto which you can paint Cold Wax Painting Medium and Oil paint, Cold Wax Medium alone and Cold Wax with mixed media.

The image right shows a selection of surfaces, which include, watercolour paper, watercolour-board, oil paper, raw canvas, oil primed canvas, canvas-board, gesso-board clay-board, oil primed board....etc. There are numerous choices, perhaps only limited by the way the wax/oil will be applied.

Cold Wax Painting is a renascent subject with few rules and restrictions, consequently, very freeing.
 Different surfaces.

painting surfaces for oil and wax
Surfaces for Cold Wax


large bristle brushes for stippling wax onto canvas
Round Bristle Brushes

Brushes for use with Cold Wax

Bristle brushes are best for use with the Cold Wax Painting Medium, they have the strength of filament to hold the weight of oil paint and wax mixture. The brushes come in a variety of shapes, sizes and prices.

Even large round brushes, like those shown to the left, can produce delicate marks and impasto effects when the wax and oil mixture is stippled onto the surface.  

A selection of flat brushes will also be useful.



Products Cold Wax Medium Cold Wax Solvent Surfaces Tools Mediums
Stockist UK Gallery Thinning the wax Gesso Ancillary Drizzles
  Testing the CW Absorbent Mat Canvas Brushes Sand
MSDS Techniques Making a Glaze Oil Paint Knives Chalk
        Palettes Recipes



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