Sunday, November 14, 2010


I can not say enough good things about the products of R&F. If you are into encaustics then this is the company to get your supplies from. They have definitely put quality at the top of their check list.
.These are called paint cakes. These are from R & F. This company has the best products for encaustics. The paint cakes come in so many luscious colors. I wanted them all and did restrain myself somewhat. The colors are very true. I can see how you can paint with them just as if you were using acrylic or watercolors, etc. The difference is that you have to keep the wax warm. It cools quickly with out the right set up.

The set up is called the palette. This is really cool I love how the heating unit is under the palette yet you can move it with out getting burned. This is a new design from R & F. They sold out of the palettes the first hour they were open. I finally convinced them to sell me one of the demo palettes the second day. [there were only four of them] Again they were 50% off and because it was used the demo had an additional few dollars taken off. I was in heaven. They are very expensive and I had decided if I was going to do this I was going to do it right.

This is a shot looking down on the paletter. The larger pan has the granules of "medium" melting in it. Medium is naturally refined beeswaxed premixed with Damar resin. How cool is that? No more mixing and measuring to get it right. This way it is right every time. The granules are cool cause you can scoop them out of the bag according to how much you want, instead of heving a block of wax you have to chip away at.

Another top shot of all of the luscious melted cakes of color. You can dilute the cakes with medium to get a more translucent color if you like. I enjoyed working with the cakes undiluted, but I think a little color goes a long way here.


ooglebloops said...

This is a really interesting process- and looks like alot of fun!May have to check into this further!! Thanks for sharing.

Terri Kahrs said...

All of those luscious colorful cakes are sooooo tempting! How can you limit yourself?!? Good for you! What a great purchase, Elizabeth. That new palette was meant to be!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo