Getting started in encaustic painting has its challenges. First of all, the medium is fairly new to the art world compared to watercolors or oils, so it may be difficult to find supplies and instruction. When I began exploring encaustic five years ago, there were only a handful of YouTube videos and websites to guide me in my journey. Here is the book that I found to be very helpful in getting started in this exciting medium.


Encaustic Mixed Media: Innovative Techniques and Surfaces for Working With Wax 

What I love about this very first book that I picked up for learning encausitc is the step-by-step process the author and artist, Patricia Baldwin walks readers through.  She introduces you to trying a variety of mixed media such as shellac, tar, plaster, and other supplies you can find in your home supply store. Other traditional mixed media are also covered including pastels, decorative papers adn embellishments. I found the instructions easy to follow and her supply list wasn’t too lengthy. This is a fabulous book to use if you want to jump right in and begin creating her inspired works.

If you need help finding materials, read my article, “How to Save Money on Encaustic Supplies”, where I give a list of my favorite supplies and hacks to set up your own encaustic studio.



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