It’s not often that a brand-new fine art medium comes along. Ceracolors is a new artist-grade paint made from quality pigments in a water-soluble wax binder. Although made from wax, Ceracolors are not encaustic paints in that they do not require heat or solvents.
Ceracolors share properties with traditional media that will make them instantly familiar to painters, but they also have unique characteristics and advantages of their own. When thinned with water, Ceracolors easily disperse to produce vibrant watercolor effects. They can be applied in opaque layers much like acrylic or gouache. Because the paints dry and set quickly, transparent glazes can be built up without long waiting times between layers. In a finished painting, the colors have a rich, matte appearance and a durable finish.
Ceracolors is water-soluble, beeswax-based paint providing a wide range of painting techniques from acrylic- and gouache-like paint layers to thin watercolor-like washes. They are fast-drying colors suitable for all supports used for encaustic painting, yet they do not require any special tools and heated instruments. Use any brush suitable for water-based paint. The ingredients in Ceracolors are found in food and cosmetics so they are not considered to be toxic.
Use Ceracolors Like Encaustic
Because Ceracolors is a wax medium, once dry you can sculpt, melt and manipulate it like any encaustic medium. Heat setting Ceracolors actually helps to make it more resistant to wet scrubbing (scrubbing the dried paint film with a wet brush). Its behavior is similar to encaustic paint, in that you can heat set and fuse each layer to build a thick wax paint film.
Ceracolors Mediums Extends its Use
With Ceracolors Gel Medium you can apply thick impasto-like layers of color. Add Fluid Medium to increase transparency, as well as extend paint. Mixing Fluid Medium into thicker mediums, like Ceracolors Gel, will thin the paint and increase its flow. Fluid Medium can be used as an adhesive in collage when using materials that are porous and not water-sensitive. Use Retarder to extend the wet time of Ceracolors. All Ceracolors mediums and additives are compatible with the entire family of Ceracolors products.
Ceracolors is now available from Artefex. Please contact us to learn more or to order.