I had been wanting to try out oil and cold wax painting for a while now. I just didn’t want to buy more art supplies that I wasn’t sure I would ever use again. Plus, I already have so many things I want to try and will probably never get around to all of it.
I kept seeing oil and cold wax paintings on Pinterest and You Tube and couldn’t stand it anymore. I went out and bought the smallest bottle of cold wax medium I could find along with some inexpensive oil paints. I already had some wood panels for a substrate and a catalyst tool for spreading the paint.
I mixed a few colors of oil paint 50/50 with cold wax medium and spread it around the panel with the catalyst tool. I used the side of the tool to make marks in the paint. Starting at the bottom of the panel, I lightly slid the tool up creating random marks. The mark sizes varied depending on how much pressure I applied and the angle that I held the tool.
I really loved the way the paint was breaking up inside the lines. It made me think of reeds in a wetland or swamp. I just decided to leave it as it was. It only took me about 10 minutes or less to paint this.
I need to try a few more paintings to decide if I want to invest in better oil paints and more cold wax. I will say that I was not very patient with the time it took to dry. I’m so used to painting with acrylic or water based mediums. From what I understand, oil paintings dry faster with the cold wax medium. I can’t imagine waiting for a painting to dry with just oil paint and no cold wax medium.