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We bring the joy and creativity of cold wax medium to artists through books, videos, online learning, workshops, tools, and artist mentoring.

Jerry and Rebecca Cold Wax Academy

We envision Cold Wax Academy as a comprehensive resource for artists using cold wax medium and a place to discover exciting new approaches for contemporary art.

Jerry McLaughlin & Rebecca Crowell // Founders

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Cold Wax Medium

Cold wax medium, or CWM, is an oil painting medium. It is composed mainly of beeswax, with a small amount of solvent to soften it. It has a soft, paste-like consistency at room temperature and dries to a matte surface. Unlike encaustic processes, it requires no heat. CWM adds body to oil paint, speeds drying time, adds luminosity, and allows artists to build up beautiful textural effects and layers.

“It’s a rare occurrence for one specific painting medium to have a whole genre of painting associated with it, but Cold Wax Medium is one such medium. Cold Wax Painting is not defined by subject matter nor the degree of realism or abstraction, Cold Wax Painting is unified by artists’ shared interest in experimentation, texture and the physicality of paint layers.” – Gamblin Paints

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A Cold Wax Starter Kit

If you are ready to get started with Cold Wax, our exclusive kit includes everything you need to begin exploring the exciting creative potential of cold wax medium.

“We have carefully selected the products included in this kit to give you everything you need for your first steps. We use them ourselves and hope they will become favorites that you continue to use in years to come.”

-Jerry & Rebecca, Founders of CWA

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Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations has an impressive, substantial presence. At 320 pages, it’s a bigger book than its authors originally envisioned, but that’s what happens when the right people tackle a previously unexplored topic: the urge to create something comprehensive takes over.

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Col Wax Medium Book by Jerry and Rebecca
Cold Wax Medium Painting

Samhradh, Samhradh (Summer, Summer). A beautiful abstract landscape by Irish artist Cora Murphy.

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  • positive review  It seems to touch on every question or problem that one may have related to working with CWM. It’s a wonderful resource to have at your fingertips.

    Carolyn Bridgers Reed Avatar Carolyn Bridgers Reed
    November 11, 2019
  • positive review  Det er en fantastik alsidig bog. Du får hele undervisningen i cold wax medium fra første side til den sidste side. Den tungeste bog jeg længe har haft som lærebog.man kan næsten ikke have bedre indgang til det kunsteriske side af denne art for kunst. Jeg bruger den hver dag. Mange venlige hilsener Bonna Siff Jensen

    Bonna Siff Jensen Avatar Bonna Siff Jensen
    April 15, 2020
  • positive review  It's a beautiful & informative book that is interesting to artists and art enthusiasts as well. It's a good way to begin a wonderful journey into expanding your horizons!

    Shirley Mclaughlin Avatar Shirley Mclaughlin
    February 16, 2019
  • positive review  It's by far the most comprehensive book on cold wax and the variety of things you can do with it! Rebecca and Jerry are the ultimate professionals that together have produced an outstanding resource book for all artists interested in cold wax!

    Gretchen Black Papka Avatar Gretchen Black Papka
    June 27, 2019
  • positive review  The Bible of Cold Wax information and technique. A wonderful read, covers so many topics. If you have to get one book about CW this is it.

    Darcy Gray Avatar Darcy Gray
    October 6, 2019
  • positive review  It answers every question I have about cold wax and more.

    Jinx Griswold Avatar Jinx Griswold
    August 13, 2019
  • positive review  It is full of carefully explained advice about processes, techniques and resources and covers a very wide variety of approaches to the subject. It is also very inspiring!

    Laura Armour Howarth Avatar Laura Armour Howarth
    September 12, 2019
  • positive review  A wonderful Quality & Beautiful Book

    Joan Johnson Avatar Joan Johnson
    December 16, 2019
  • positive review  This is an incredible book.I've never seen anything like it for other media. Every time I pick it up I learn something new. Thank you for the forethought and amazing amount of hard work that went into it.

    Laura Gibbs Avatar Laura Gibbs
    September 7, 2018
  • positive review  Great technical resource and the examples by many well-know artists are really nice. Yessssss, I recommend this book.

    Elizabeth Wheeler Avatar Elizabeth Wheeler
    November 7, 2018

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Our Cold Wax Video Workshop, and more video content, is available for immediate viewing to our FULL Members.

Jerry McLaughlin and Rebecca Crowell take their highly respected teaching practice beyond the classroom with this 29-part High-Definition (HD) video that packs in all the demonstrations, techniques, and topics they present in the 5-day workshops they teach around the world. Over a year in the making, it was filmed and edited by a professional team of videographers and is nearly 7 hours long! Their book and video together offer an unrivaled, in-depth learning experience. The video is available for immediate viewing to our FULL Members.

Max McConkey Cold Wax Video Review

Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin have done it again! Their in-person, instructional workshops are sold-out events across the world, and their phenomenal book is both a best seller and a multi-award winner. Now they’ve combined the best features of both to produce this exceptional Video Workshop. This is one of the best instructional videos I have ever watched!

Max McConkey | www.maxmcconkeyart.com

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