R&F provides artists with all of the best wax painting mediums designed for use with your encaustic colors. Encaustic Medium is used to extend the colors and to create transparencies while Impasto/Modeling Wax is designed for sculptural purposes.
R&F Encaustic Medium - R&F Encaustic Medium is an essential component to encaustic painting. Beeswax on its own will remain soft, but the addition of damar resin raises the melting temperature and allows the beeswax to cure and harden over time. R&F Encaustic Medium is composed of 100% USP beeswax and damar resin. Medium is typically used to create transparency and extend encaustic colors. It can also be used for mixed media and sculptural applications. Encaustic Medium is the encaustic paint without pigment.
At R&F, they have built their reputation with encaustic as the core of their line and have been instrumental in the expansion of the medium. When R&F began in 1988 it continued a tradition of high-quality commercial encaustic paint production dating back to the late 1940s. The high quality, beautiful visual properties of R&F Encaustic Paints are owed to the careful labor process and the beeswax contained in R&F Encaustic Paints makes them water resistant and very durable leaving your artwork fresh over time.
R&F’s Founder Richard Frumess began making encaustic paint as a painter simply to support his own artistic practice and to ensure that ready-made encaustic was kept in production at a time when there were no commercial manufacturers. During the first year Richard produced encaustic paint as R&F Encaustics. While he struggled to start-up the business, asking pigment suppliers for double samples and also working a second job, the seed was firmly planted. This first year in business Richard sold a line of 39 colors including five “pearlescents” to art retailers in New York City as well as Denver, CO and internationally in Paris.