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Cold Wax

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Techniques, Concepts & Conversations

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Now In Its 3rd Printing!

Winner of TWO

International Book Awards!

...will provide both inspiration and practical information for decades to come.

The conversations and images contained in this book demonstrate that artists have a facility for taking ideas, methods and techniques from the past and renewing them in unexpected ways.

– John Seed, The Huffington Post

Until now, there has not been a comprehensive resource specifically dedicated to Cold Wax Medium. This beautiful and informative book is the state-of-the-art reference source that fills that void.

A thorough and beautifully produced guide to an ever popular medium.

McLaughlin and Crowell have given cold-wax artists (and artists-to-be) an enormous gift. Impossible to imagine a book that could be more comprehensive, thoughtful, careful, and generously written and presented.

  • 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  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'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
  • 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  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
  • 5 star review  I own a lot of art books as an educator and practicing artist. This is one of the finest and most inspiring books on cold wax I have ever read. Whether you are new to this medium or experienced and need fresh ideas, this is an easy to follow, excellent and highly thorough resource. It's beautifully bound and holds up to much use in or out of the studio. �

    Diana Shay Diehl Avatar Diana Shay Diehl
    June 8, 2018
  • positive review  This book is like a cold wax manual. Educational and inspiring. For a medium that has been around so long, I was surprised to see there was so little information about it. This book has the answers. If you want to use cold wax, buy this book!

    Jennifer Vorraro Jorgensen Avatar Jennifer Vorraro Jorgensen
    October 22, 2018
  • 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  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
  • 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

More than just a technical guide, this 320-page, fully illustrated book provides comprehensive information for those who are new to cold wax, as well as technical expertise and inspiration to those already using the medium.

The authors’ advice and experience–along with the work and words of over 100 artists from around the world–will strengthen your work and studio practice, suggest exciting new directions, and support thoughtful self-critique.

Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin feel strongly that the "why" of using cold wax medium is as important as the “how.”

Award Winning Cold Wax Book

Many of the artists whose work appears in the book speak about intentions, process, and experimentation. The authors include their own thoughts about these topics, and more.

And because readers also want clear information and direction for working with cold wax, large sections of the book are devoted to important practical information, including: materials, detailed lists of supplies, studio setup, illustrated how-to sections, and in-depth discussion of procedures. 

The book’s many images—which include paintings, collages, combines, prints, and even sculpture—provide artistic inspiration and illustrate the diversity of ways artists around the world are using cold wax medium. There are quotes, recipes, and tips from many of the artists, as well as a final chapter that focuses on the reflections of a selection of key artists.

Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations will provide both inspiration and practical information for decades to come.

Award Winning Cold Wax Book