Serena Barton – Luminous Landscapes in Oil and Cold Wax

Duration of Class: One Day (6 Hours) // Medium: Oil and Cold Wax on Paper // Skill Level: All


Discover the translucent beauty of painting with oil and cold wax medium! You’ll experiment with free and bold abstract landscapes with this delicious medium and Arches oil paper. You can paint right onto the paper, so no need to gesso. Unlike with hot wax, you need no appliances to achieve maximum cold wax goodness. You can add and scrape off layers as you want to, so no need to be concerned about mistakes!

You’ll work on several pieces at once, using tools such as squeegees, bamboo skewers, rubber jar openers, combs, and more. In addition to painting, we’ll explore incising, using paint sticks, painting knives, oil pastels, and adding collage elements. Join me in exploring this unusual and interactive medium. You’ll leave with several gorgeous pieces!


• Applying wax
• Texturing
• Smoothing
• Adding collage elements
• Layering
• Incising
• Scraping back
• Working with composition and color
• Working on Arches Oil Paper


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Day 3 (9/30/18)

Class Size

Min # of students: 8
Max # of students: 16

Supply List

  • 1 – 16 oz. jar of cold wax medium (either Gamblin or Dorland’s)
  • Your favorite oil paints or this inexpensive set:
  • 1 – Squeegee from Catalyst (Wedge shape 6)
  • 1 – (or two) palette knives
  • KIT FEE: $20 per student (payable to instructor at class time)
    Provided by Instructor:
  • Detailed handouts
  • Additional oil paints and cold wax to share
  • Many sheets of Arches oil paper for each student
  • Texturing tools to share
  • Lightweight collage paper
  • Graphite crayons
  • Oil pastels
  • Oil bars
  • Painter’s tape
  • Stabilo pencils
  • Citra-solv
  • Extra palette knives
  • Oil pens to share

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