It’s not often that we are able to bring to you a brand-new fine art medium! We are excited to introduce to The Collection, Ceracolors – a versatile, artist-grade wax paint that is thinnable with water.
What is a waterborne wax paint?
Ceracolors are composed of high-quality pigments mixed with a blend of waxes derived from natural sources, including pharmaceutical-grade beeswax.
The unique formulation provides you a tube of paint that can be thinned and cleaned with water. The paints come out as a paste, not unlike a traditional gouache.
How do you use Ceracolors?
The water-soluble nature of these wax paints means that they can be painted with much like a traditional watercolour or gouache. Thin your Ceracolor paints using water or Ceracolors Fluid Medium to create transparent washes and layers. Apply the paint directly to achieve thicker, opaque marks. Thin layers of Ceracolors will dry quickly as the absorption and evaporation of water takes place. This touch dry paint can be reworked with a wet brush.
Once allowed to cure, (depending on the thickness, several days up to several weeks) Ceracolors can be worked much like an encaustic wax paint. The paint can be heated to fuse and blend. Thicker layers can be scraped and sculpted. The surface of the paint can be buffed to reach a higher gloss finish.
For more possibilities in texture, viscosity, transparency, and sheen, explore the line of Ceracolors Mediums.
Video: How to Paint with Ceracolors
What tools do you need to work with Ceracolors?
More flexible surfaces such stretched canvas and paper will also work, but are less ideal for techniques where thicker layers of paint are applied.
Brushes and Palette Knives: Standard watercolour brushes can be used to paint with Ceracolors. Stiffer brushes and palette knives can be useful for working with paints straight from the tube, or paints mixed with thick mediums such Ceracolors Molding Paste.
Heated Tools: Tools designed for use with encaustic paints can also be used for Ceracolors. Heat guns are ideal for fusing and heat setting your paint layers. This has the benefit of increasing the wet scrub resistance of your paints. Hair dryers or pastry torches could be used similarly.
Carving and scraping tools for encaustics can be used on paints that have cured.
Where can I buy Ceracolors?
Ceracolor products are available online and at select Opus Art Supplies locations: Granville Island, Victoria, and Downtown Vancouver at Harbour Centre.
Please contact our customer support team if you need any assistance in locating Ceracolors!
Also New to The Collection:
Alongside Ceracolors from Natural Pigments, comes two lines of paints made from natural and historic pigments used by master artists.
We are excited to also be introducing Rublev Colours Artists Oils and Rublev Colours Watercolors to The Collection at Opus Art Supplies. Rublev paints are available online or in-store at Opus Granville Island.
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