Serena Barton – Transformations in Oil and Cold Wax

Duration of Class: Two Days (12 Hours) // Medium: Oil Paint and Cold Wax Medium // Skill Level: All


Creating abstract art with oil paint and cold wax medium involves taking a journey into yourself and your world –without a map. The process is intuitive, bold and full of discovery. Your pieces will take on lives of their own through the many layers of oil and cold wax you apply, addition of mixed media elements, and the areas you choose to scrape away. There are many opportunities for happy accidents and unexpected joys. Each oil and cold wax piece is a result of a moment in time and space where elements converge in a one-time-only way.


• Preparing supports
• Applying wax
• Texturing
• Smoothing
• Adding collage elements
• Layering
• Incising
• Scraping back
• Working with composition and color
• Working on wood panels and two kinds of paper


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Day 1 - 2 (9/28/18 - 9/29/18)

Class Size

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

Supply List

  • 2 – 16 oz. jars 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: $35 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 and Terra Skin stone 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
  • Incising and scraping tools to share

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