Cold wax painting techniques are quickly becoming a favourite for artists who enjoy creative applications of thick impasto strokes and brilliant texture. Cold wax paints are made from mixing solvents, pigments and wax to create a beautifully unique painting experience.

The Deckle Edge is the first in South Africa to now stock these beautiful ready-to-use cold wax paints from Zest-it.

These beautiful handmade Zest-it Cold Wax Paints are crafted with high quality pure pigments, many being natural pigments, chosen for their attributes and suitability for use with wax.

Zest-it Cold Wax Paints are archival, have excellent lightfastness and retain the inherent character of the wax. All the paint colours are intermixable, and they are also non-toxic and non-flammable.

The Zest-it team have developed this range over the course of many years. Much experimentation, research and testing has been carried out to achieve the final result: gorgeous cold wax paints of unsurpassed quality.

We tested the Ruby Orange, and besides the great colour, we found that it was spectacularly easy to work with. The paint is stiff enough to make peaks, but easy enough to spread with your knife to create beautiful impasto strokes.

The paint is semi transparent, buttery and brilliant in colour. You can dilute or thin your paint using a solvent, we recommend the Zest-it Cold Wax Solvent. The more we worked the paint, the softer the mixture became and the easier it would spread. Although softer, the paint maintained sharp peaks and body throughout.

Drying times will depend on how thick you decide to apply your layers and on how much solvent you use. Our sample was undiluted and touch dry, but still pliable after 24 hours. The sample was more rigid after a week but still pliable when pressing with your fingernail. Like with most thick oil paint applications, patience will be rewarded when waiting for your layers to dry.

The citrus smell is definitely pleasant when working with these paints. We would advise to still treat them like any other solvent based paints and use in a well ventilated area.

Overall we loved experimenting with the wax based colour and really enjoy the natural matt finish.

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