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Gamblin Cold Wax Medium is a mixture of natural beeswax (wax pastilles), Gamsol and a small amount of alkyd resin. The term “cold” in Cold Wax Medium and Cold Wax Painting refers to the fact that heat is not required for working with this wax medium – as it dries by solvent evaporation (Gamsol), rather than the cooling of the wax, as in encaustic painting.
It has a paste consistency and as a medium is added to oil/alkyd paint to make the paint thicker and more matt. Gamblin Cold Wax Medium can be applied alone or mixed with other Gamblin mediums. It can also be applied straight to a dry painting as a removable matte varnish.
Gamblin Cold Wax Medium is popular with abstract painters, for impasto painting or for those wanting a contemporary matte finish.
Due to the nature of the medium it allows the user to create expressive brushmarks and 'carve' into the paint layers with a palette knife.
As the Gamsol evaporates out of the medium, the soft wax hardens to the density of a beeswax candle.