CWM Workshop

Testing this new medium, wax with or without resin, leaching oil from paint before mixing, transparency, scraping, reusing the scraped of material on other panels, paper and tape with gac500 to seal, oilbars, india ink. Finishing mediums/layers.

My scientific approach only goes so far unfortunately, after a while I always end up applying my theories randomly as I feel like in the moment, rather than writing up a strict series of actions and waiting appropriately for each step. What I often do is I mix up one or a few colours for one painting, then apply the leftovers to other wips. This way colours are somewhat consistent on multiple images, even though they develop in different directions over time.

I’ve also been a bit inconistent with the dating of individual panels. Project first started May 1st 2018. Final panel finished

Study notes ↓ :

Finished pieces. Click on the titles to go to separate galleries with progress pics for each one.


no. 000

resins, shellac ink burn tests etc.


no. 001

Acrylic ground,


no. 002

Acrylic ground, clear encaustic 2 layers, shellac ink from amber shellac flakes + titanium white. More base layers necessary to prevent “buckling” of the surface when reheating, I think.


no. 003

Acrylic ground, print transfer, wax medium, then oil and wax. First layer leached oil from paint 1 night before mix and paint. Roller. kithcen tissue and roller again.


no. 004

Collaged tissue. cwm oil. pigment on wet wax. Thick layer of failed oily medium, torch. scrape back. CWM + oil layers


no. 005

Acrylic ground, photo transfer, oil/wax knife


no. 006

Acrylic ground, photo transfer, oil/wax knife


no. 007

Black gesso, oil/wax, india ink, oil bar, graphite powder + cwm 3


no. 008

gesso, charcoal, medium w. oil/resin, oil/wax. Oilmedium dries slower, softer. Leftover white mix, brushed


no. 009

Acrylic ground, oil/wax


no. 010

Acrylic ground,


no. 011

Acrylic ground,


no. 012

Acrylic ground,


no. 013

Acrylic ground,


no. 014

Acrylic ground,


no. 015

Acrylic ground,


no. 016

Paper, gac500 for edges, 2xgesso + acrylic paint base layer, oil/wax with leached colour, layers of cwm only to create depth of field. Tape removed no rips 15/6. Curing xx months to test for bendyness.


no. 017

Acrylic ground, oil paint, oil/wax


no. 018

black gesso, test of opaque oil paint (long dry time), student pigment powder in cwm1. Lightfastness test in window xx weeks


no. 019

gesso, cwm leached oil,


no. 20

black gesso, wax w. “black” paints, brushstrokes. Leached oil + cwm 1, thick layers.


no. 21

black gesso, wax w. “black” paints, brushstrokes


no. 22

black gesso, wax w. “black” paints, brushstrokes. bark test?


no. 23

black gesso, wax w. “black” paints, brushstrokes


no. 24


no. 25


no. 26


no. 27


no. 28

leftover paint cwm 1 pastose


no. 29


no. 30

CWM3 layers, dry, shellac ready made inks, burn tests.


no. 31

Study for larger pieces. Tit white + cwm 1, green transparent layers + cwm 3. Sides for easier carving? Clear medium over green + rocks embedded


I knew it was a bad idea to do photo transfers first, rather than add collage elements in later layers, but as usual I try things anyway. Makes it difficult to just work freely because you keep wanting to leave the image uncovered by paint. Try print on wax paper onto wax: link.

proper test of cmw w galkyd, paint w galkyd, wax under, resin upper,

Test of top coat more resin or carnauba, galkyd, gamvar+wax on small panel. Carnauba 20% looks very yellow compared.