Kama Pigment

Medium and Varnishes recipes

 Painting medium: wax, resin and oil


  This medium to mixes perfectly with oil paint to achieve a buttery consistency and helps will help drying time, especially in the case of impastos.

Proportions :

(natural or bleached)

concentrated dammar vanish
Stand Oil
(polymerised linseed oil)
Turpentine 12

procedure :

First, melt the wax alone using a double boiler. Remove from heat and gradually add the dammar varnish stand oil and turpentine while stirring. If the wax solidifies when you add the turpentine, carefully heat the medium lightly while mixing until you obtain a liquid consistency. NOTE: Keeping all ingredients lightly warmer that room temperature will generally allow you to avoid the problem of solidification. Once everything is mixed, remove from heat and stir for a minimum of 10 minutes. While cooling this medium will thicken slightly to a "doughy" consistency. Do not overheat turpentine or expose it to a direct flame as it may catch fire.
For the cold encaustic technique, the turpentine can be reduced to 4 parts (1/3 of the original recipe) or totally omitted to obtain a solid medium (in this case you might need to use heat to paint with this medium).



  Mix this medium on the palette directly with Oil paints as a medium for the final coats of a painting you can also use it as a varnish. If you do, you may only varnish over the latter with a varnish containing wax. For encaustic, mix either oil paints in tubes or dry pigments and work on rigid panels. This medium congeals almost immediately and dries in about one hour.


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