Enkaustikos Wax Medium is truly a versatile product to have on hand. Many encaustic artists find it essential in their studio. It is an excellent product for basecoats, topcoats, and to be used in glazing techniques.
Wax Medium - Enkaustikos Wax Medium is made from U.S. Pharmaceutical Grade Beeswax and Damar Resin. Wax Medium has many uses when it comes to encaustics. It may be used as a topcoat, a basecoat, or can even be added to your wax paints to increase transparency for glazing techniques. For those who like custom colors, wax medium is ideal for mixing with your own pigments.
XD Wax Medium (Extra Damar) - This wax medium has a higher content of Damar Resin than the original, giving it a thicker consistency when liquefied. It also has a sticky tack while drying for easy texture build up and will stay pliable for a longer time than original Wax Medium. Once cooled however, it is resistant to surface alterations from scraping or incising and offers a hard film. Like the original, XD Wax Medium may be used as a base coat, wax paint extender for glazing, and especially useful as a topcoat. If you want to achieve a glass like surface with a single topcoat, this is the product for you. A rigid support is recommended when using XD Wax Medium.
Note - The folks at Enkaustikos would like to emphasize that Enkaustikos Wax Paints and Mediums are made with Damar Resin and not Damar Varnish. Many encaustic recipes incorrectly suggest that an artist should use Damar Varnish. This is not a good idea because Damar Varnish is made with turpentine which is not only flammable but also gives off unhealthy fumes. Enkaustikos heat filters out the impurities from the Damar Resin crystals without the use of solvents. Unlike Damar Varnish, Enkaustikos Damar Resin is a safe product to work with.