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

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  • positive review  The ultimate cold wax medium reference, no matter what stage of artistic development you are at. Also, it is an easy read -- neither simplistic or scholarly. It's also a good way to discover some of the best cold wax medium artists out there.

    Johnny-Valerie Jackson Avatar Johnny-Valerie Jackson
    March 3, 2019
  • positive review  I just received my new brayers and squeegees and cannot believe the entirely new experience painting with your custom designed brayer. Thank you for creating such a superior product!

    Lynn Lee Avatar Lynn Lee
    November 5, 2018
  • 5 star review  I have worked in Encaustic and other media for years, but took a short 2 hour cold wax last year. It seemed like a good option during the time of year that I couldn't use encaustic due to time or weather constraints (hot wax needs venting). I found this site and recently bought the book, which just arrived on my doorstep. I am delighted with the detail, the wealth of information, and the pure fun of reading this well crafted book. I have many art books and how-to books, but this has sprung to the top of my list. It is awesome. It is a quality production item, and I hardily recommend it to anyone interested in working with wax. Well worth the price, which is far cheaper than I would have expected for what is offered.

    Barb Smith Avatar Barb Smith
    May 23, 2017
  • 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  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  I understand that this book has been seen as the Bible when it comes to cold wax medium. After reading it, I do agree very much! In my eye it is a wonderful book, it had me captured from the moment I opened it, with all the educational chapters, the beautiful illustrations and elegant layout I strongly recommend this book!

    Merete Hov Avatar Merete Hov
    October 11, 2019
  • positive review  Wide coverage of techniques & examples. Makes a great coffee table book, too!

    Robert Dodge Avatar Robert Dodge
    December 23, 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
  • 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 was all there for beginners to get excited about! So happy to have it in my studio after reading it cover to cover.

    Gary Leitch Avatar Gary Leitch
    March 21, 2020

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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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