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Zest-it Cold Wax Painting Medium Extra

cold wax painting medium

Cold Wax Painting Medium

Cold Wax Painting Medium Extra

We were asked 'why does your Cold Wax have Linseed oil in it?'

Beeswax wax on its own can become brittle over time, Linseed oil gives the Cold Wax an element of flexibility.

Our product has been put through many tests since development first started in 2009, to ensure it gives good results over time when used with oil paint.
Because oil and wax can be painted onto a flexible surface like a canvas the Linseed oil supports that probable movement.

This is an important aspect of the media for those wishing to add wax to oil paint but primarily paint with oils.

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Can Cold Wax be mixed with metallic powders?

The Zest-it Cold Wax Painting Medium can be mixed with many dry pigments and media, including metallic.

Marble, Limestone and Slate Dust, Graphite Powder and Sand are excellent additions to give impasto and character to the work, these can also be added to a gesso to give surface texture as a base for oil and wax painting.

It's difficult to give a fixed proportion of wax to an addition, each person and piece of work is different, add what feels right for your work, be free and experiment.

All our 'additions' are from renewable resources in the UK, our Sand is very fine and clean - be careful what you use!

cold wax and copper

Cold Wax Painting Medium and Copper powder


Cold Wax and Oil on Canvas

How much CW to mix with the oil paint?

In the example on the left the background area was painted with a brush and oil paint that was 'more paint than wax'.

Whereas, the foreground had some brush work, but there was also a lot of knife work, texture was wanted in particular for the grassy bank on the right-hand side, this resulted in 'more wax than paint'.

The wax can give a translucent look to the oil/wax mixture, the more wax that is added the more this will be apparent. Too much wax and the intensity of the original oil colour will be lost, as will the opacity.




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