Introducing Hot Sticks the newest product from Enkaustikos. Hot Sticks are ready-to-use professional encaustic paints, the same formula as Enkaustikos Hot Cakes, in a stick format. Hot Sticks are made from Pharmaceutical Grade (USP) beeswax, damar resin and artist quality pigments. Enkaustikos Hot Sticks are available in 86 artist grade colours some are opaque, some semi-transparent and some transparent for a variety of effects. This new stick shape opens the door to different encaustic application techniques.
Enkaustikos kindly sent me a sampling of Hot Sticks to try out and review, the problem was I didn’t really know how to use them without a hotbox. Yes, I knew that I could melt the sticks in a tin on the griddle and use them as I would the Enkaustikos Hot Cakes but I wanted to use them as they were fully intended to be used in the stick format. I knew that if I tried to pull a print from a teflon coated griddle the paints would slide around and bubble up, I could get some interesting effects but I wouldn’t have good control. I have now purchased an anodized aluminum plate made by Enkaustikos and voila my pancake griddle is ready for monotype printmaking.
- Pancake Griddle
- Anodized aluminum plate (from Enkaustikos) – place a paper towel under the plate on the griddle to keep it from sliding around
- A tin of Enckaustikos Slick Wax for cleaning your plate, brushes and griddle
- I have a grill thermometer that helps me monitor the temperature of my griddle surface [between 150°F and 160°F]- I use a tiny car battery clip so I can pick it up without burning my fingers
- A supply of paper towels
- Paper for printing
- Enkaustikos Hot Sticks
- You can also use Enkaustikos Hot Cakes or melt the Hot Sticks to apply with a brush
- Q-tips and other tools to make designs – make sure you don’t use metal tools as these will scratch the surface of the plate
Once the griddle is up to temperature and the plate is warm enough to melt the Hot Sticks you can begin to paint. You will instantly see how Enkaustikos Hot Sticks are the perfect format for this stye of encaustic painting. You can use Hot Sticks to draw directly to the surface of your painting by keeping your paper warm on the plate. You can also paint on the plate and then pull a monotype print from it. No need to fuse… the heat of the plate fuses the encaustic medium to the paper.
In this great video you can see the Hot Sticks in action.