W05-Fall 2017. Cold Wax Technique (All Levels)

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Explore the diversity of cold-wax medium used with oil paint, pigment sticks and powdered pigments. Cold-wax medium is wonderful for oil painters (and abstract painters) to experiment with, using non-traditional tools to achieve texture and finishes similar to encaustic but without the heat. This exciting medium is gaining widespread popularity, and opens doors for oil painters and abstract artists to explore new techniques and surface effects. Please ask for a supply list. Note: there is an additional $35 supply fee payable to the instructor .

Friday evening, Dec 1st – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, Dec 2nd – 9:00am to 3:30pm
Sunday, Dec 3rd – 9:00am to 3:30pm



Supply List

Linda McCloskey Supply List Fall 2017: Cold Wax W5.

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8 to 10 painting panels (see notes below for sizes and descriptions) – you can also use stretched canvas and watercolor, printing, or oil paper. I will be using Ampersand gessobord in sizes such as 10 x 10, 12 x 12, 11 x 14) etc. But, if you want larger – it’s OK. If you don’t want to have to frame, purchase Ampersand Cradled Panels – this is what I use. I will have papers also if you want to purchase from me. All supports that need gesso – MUST BE GESSO’D PRIOR TO CLASS.

Oil paints – 8 or more different colors – cool / warm, transparent / opaque, and light / dark – your colors. The professional grade is best. Student Grade will NOT give you good results. Gamblin is a good brand.

4” or 6” soft rubber brayer (I will have them for sale) SOFT ONES;
Several craft foam rollers (they are yellow and small) AC Moore or the hardware store;
A couple of palette knives, trowel blade type;
Clean cotton rags or roll of soft paper towels – not “patterned” paper towels – Viva OK;
Squeegee (see details for what to purchase – I will also have them for sale);
Brushes—just a few—old, splayed ones are OK;
Small container of odorless solvent And a small jar to put some in (like a baby food jar) I use
Gamblin’s “Gamsol” Gamsol is the BEST;
Anything that you think would make interesting textures to “press into the wax” Again, I will have
some for your to use;
Masking Tape;
Tissue Paper;
Wax paper for layering between wet panels to transport home;
Newsprint (pad – can be found at ACMoore or Michaels) (small pad);
Dry pigments – maybe 2 or 3 – can use powdered charcoal / graphite;
Roll of Freezer Paper (a must) You can find it at the grocery store near the Reynolds wrap and
wax paper;
2 days worth of NEWSPAPER – for wet paintings in progress;

Gloves or protective cream for hands – it gets VERY messy!
A few oil paint sticks (R&F are the best) or oil bars
Soft pastel
Stamps / Stencils
Spray bottle with solvent inside
Collage (nothing too heavy)

I will be furnishing the cold wax for all to use. This is part of the supply fee.

NOTES on choosing materials:
Painting panels—I recommend Ampersand brand panels. There are several surfaces available–try some of each to see which you like best: The gessobord and claybord work best, however, the claybord is more absorbent. Gessobord: the standard surface that I use most often in my own work – I prefer the Gessobord. Claybord: very smooth surface, and the initial layers you apply will dry quickly.
If using other brands, or home made —should have several coats of gesso applied over archival quality hardboard; apply several coats (applied prior to class)

You can also use Watercolor and Printmaking paper – such as Arches, BFK, Aquarius II, Arches Oil Paper, Multimedia Board etc. Will need to be taped down on a piece of gaterboard or form board with several coats of gesso applied prior to class. The Arches oil paper and multimedia board need not be gesso’d . I will have several types of paper for sale.

Another option for painting surface: Multimedia Artboard. See www.multimediaartboard.com for description. This is a lightweight material which resembles paper–the surface is very receptive to oil and wax techniques. (available at art stores-Blick, Cheap Joes, Jerrys (does not need gesso – Cold Wax is used on gesso surface – encaustic can not be used on gesso. One of my favorites! I use this often.

Oil paints: Bring 7 or 8 of your favorite paints in a range of colors—include transparent, opaque , dark, light, warm, cool colors. A metallic color such as Rembrandt Deep Gold or Copper is a good addition to your palette. DO NOT PURCHASE CHEAP BRANDS – THEY JUST DON’T WORK WELL AND YOU WILL NOT GET GOOD RESULTS. I suggest Gamblin brand which is a “middle of the road” brand and works great!

Palette knives. Get the kind with a trowel (offset) blade, not the flat ones. Choose a couple of different shapes, long and thin, or short and triangular. It’s good to have one with a long blade…

Squeegee. An excellent low-cost squeegee is a silicon bladed dough scraper or bowl scraper (cooking tools.) My favorite by far is the Messermeister Silicon Bowl Scraper. Another good one is the Wilton (brand) Dough Scraper—silicon blade—available from amazon.com or baking supply stores that carry Wilton products. Or you can go onto the Wilton website and order direct. I will have some for purchase.

Brayer: The standard is a 4” soft brayer by Speedball, but other companies make decent ones too. Dick Blick (online) sells the Inovart line (the one with the purple handle) which are less expensive, and there is a 6” one in addition to the 4” kind. I like these, they are very soft. AC Moore and Michaels wells the Speedball soft brayer. . I will have some for purchase.

Paint sticks – oil paint in stick form (not oil pastels.) R and F brand are very soft and buttery, the Sennelier and Oil Bar brands are more dense. Just get a few colors that appeal to you, perhaps a few of R and F and a few of a denser brand. I will have some in class for shared use, also. Again, a metallic color or two is a good addition to your paint stick collection. PS:I do not recommend Shiva brand.