the encaustic center

580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080

Jerry McLaughlin's 4 Day Cold Wax Workshop

Cold Wax Medium: Techniques & Concepts


Note: the workshop is full but please contact Bonny to be added to the waiting list.


Friday May 18th, Saturday May 19th, Sunday May 20th and Monday May 21st, 2018

9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day!


The cost is $875.00 which includes MANY supplies (supply info below)



This 4-day workshop, based on his groundbreaking book with Rebecca Crowell, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations, will consist of demos and hands-on experience with cold wax medium, a beeswax paste used at room temperature to expand the artistic possibilities of traditional oil paint. It eliminates “fat over lean” rules and allows for the creation of lush and complex textures. Its translucent qualities encourage the development of rich history through layering, while its plasticity urges the creation of surface through digging, scraping, and mark-making using a variety of nontraditional tools.


With this versatile medium artists can incorporate textures and create beautiful surfaces using:  oil sticks, powdered pigments, pastels, metal leaf, sand, and more into their work. Cold wax paintings dry to a gorgeous and durable matte surface which needs no varnish or other protective coating. During the workshop, we will explore the basic materials, tools, surfaces, and techniques used with cold wax medium. We will paint using cold wax, oils, pigment sticks, powdered pigments, and a variety of tools, and experience the expressive potential in layering, texture, and mark-making. In addition, we will address barriers to creativity, letting go, and working more freely.


Jerry’s workshop is suited for beginners and experienced painters interested in trying this exciting medium that is rapidly growing in popularity. Working with cold wax medium is an excellent means for artists to enhance the spontaneity and intuitive side of their artistic voice.



Provided Supplies:

Cold Wax medium – 32 ounces of Gamblin Cold Wax will be provided. If you would like to have more; here are the links:

Dorland’s Cold Wax Medium

or preferred: Gamblin’s Wax Mediuim


7 Cradled gessoed painting panels provided:  Two of each: 12"x12", 11"x14", 12"x16" and one 16"x16"


4” rubber brayer - provided for use in the workshop but you may like to purchase your own: preferred: Inovart 4” soft brayer from Dick Blick

or Speedball


Roll of wax paper – provided for layering and transporting panels home, also for texturing - bring an extra roll if you like


Gloves – provided but bring more if you like:


1 roll paper towels provided but bring more if possible


Sand and dry pigments


Supplies to bring and recommended:

One pad (15-20 sheets) of Arches Oil Paper 9x12 inches (we use these for warm ups and quick paintings)


Alternative option: Multimedia Artboards: If you are traveling, you may like to use Multimedia Artboards instead of panels, although the panels do tend to travel well. All participants may also like to have these as an excellent additional option.

Paintings on Multimedia Artboard can be mounted to a cradled panel.


Palette knives  (1 or 2) with offset handle (square, NOT POINTED, tips)


Mesermeister Squeegee (It’s really a Mesermeister Silicone Bowl Scraper. This, too, is one of your “go to” tools. It is available at Amazon


Brushes – if you like. "I basically NEVER use a brush, but some people do"...Jerry


1 roll painters tape (the blue or green kind), 1.75-2inches width


1 Pad of disposable palette paper or other durable surface for mixing oil paints and cold wax medium. Another, and more durable, possibility.


Oil Paints:

A dozen or more of your favorite paints-include transparent, opaque, dark, light, warm, cool colors.  Beyond a basic palette of colors I would strongly suggest some transparent colors such as Sennelier Chinese Orange, Williamsburg Alizarin Orange, Gamblin Transparent orange or Transparent Ochre, or any brand of quinacradone colors; also a metallic color such as a Rembrandt Deep Gold or Copper or Gamblin rich Gold, Rembrandt Tin.  Aim for 10-12 colors excluding titanium white. If you routinely mix your own colors, you may need fewer colors.

A basic list of oil colors might include:

Titanium white

Phthalo blue

Ultramarine blue

A transparent orange

A transparent red

Sap green

Cadmium yellow

Cadmium red

Ivory black

Earth colors (yellow ochre, siennas, umbers, Asphaltum)


If you are new to oils and need a starter set: Soho Urban Oils from Jerry’s Artarama  are an excellent value—set of 24 colors for around $30

Bring LOTS of titanium white. 4 days is a lot of painting. And one of the things I find a hurdle for most students is getting comfortable mixing up a good amount of paint. We are NOT stingy with paint when using cold wax techniques. If you are flying and traveling with oil paints, check them and label them "Artist Pigments" not paints. I have traveled internationally without issues doing this. "Paints" are a flag word for TSA.


Optional but recommended Supplies:

Oil paint sticks or R&F Pigment Sticks (2 or 3) Not oil pastels! Also called oilbars. Windsor Newton Oil Bar. Some people like R&F pigment sticks, but they are slow to dry. We have the R&F pigment sticks here for sale at 20% off.


Materials/tools you can use to create texture in wet paint surfaces. I will have a variety, but feel free to bring any that you like. These can be very personal.



Notes from Jerry:

Painting Panels:

The following Cradled gessoed painting panels will be provided:  Two of each: 12"x12", 11"x14", 12"x16" and one 16"x16" but if you'd like to purchase additional boards; 12”x12” is the smallest size I recommend –in this class you will work at your own pace - if you tend to work rapidly you may want to have a few extra or to bring slightly larger panels to work on, but nothing larger than 16x20.  Remember you will need to transport these home and they will not be totally dry at the end of our class. You must gesso your wood panels with acrylic gesso before coming OR use prepared panels such as Gessobord, Encausticbord, or Claybord by Ampersand. They are available through Dick Blick and other vendors. Arches Oil Paper and Multimedia Artboard do NOT need any preparation prior to use. Please do NOT use the gessoed linen/canvas panels available for oil/acrylic paintings. We have had issues with adhesion with these surfaces.


To get some ideas about using oil and wax, please visit/join this website:

Many artists are on this site which showcases our work & provides inspiration & a forum for information exchange.


Jerry McLaughlin, MD, was initially trained as a pediatric critical care physician. He began his artistic career in Denver, Colorado as a fine art photographer specializing in alternative process printing on surfaces such as tar and wax. Realizing he had always wanted to be a painter, he abandoned photography and started painting. He began with encaustic as his medium, but once he discovered cold wax and oils, he quickly transitioned and has never gone back. His work has been collected across the US and internationally and has appeared in several magazines. He is represented by the Jen Tough Gallery, GearBox Gallery, ARTERRA, and the Branner Spangenberg Gallery.


Jerry just published Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations, along with co-author Rebecca Crowell. It is the first ever comprehensive book exploring the myriad techniques and ways artists are using cold wax medium. Jerry is passionate about teaching, and he holds a certificate in adult education from the University of Washington. His strength lies in identifying and addressing the individual needs of his students and helping them analyze and develop solutions to the difficulties they are encountering. He is studying Creativity Coaching with Eric Maisel. Jerry lives in Oakland, CA with his husband Mike and their dog Bert.


Here is an interview Jerry recently did in his studio with Nicholas Wilton.



"You did such a great job of helping me overcome the issues that had plagued me, and now I seem to be on a good path."


"I would highly recommend Jerry's workshop. He is gifted in his ability to demonstrate so many techniques within the time. He's so encouraging and positive in helping you to edit your work. He has a great personality that makes the workshop a very enjoyable experience. He created an atmosphere of trust and support while also pushing us out of our comfort zone. Take his workshop! It will be a life changing experience.”


“It was a well thought out curriculum presented by a true teacher willing to share what he's learned and clearly wanting each student to succeed. This was a stellar workshop.”


“Jerry tailored the instruction to meet my individual needs. He gave clear directions, and his comments throughout were sensitive and insightful."


"Jerry has a great way of inquiring, reflecting, and challenging that made me push myself."


"Beyond the clear and professional demos, and the patient and enthusiastic guidance, I'm grateful for gaining a much more liberating attitude towards making art! The gentle push towards a more intuitive process sparked so many art ideas."


student quick sketches:



The cost of the workshop is $875.00

Please let me know right away if you would like to join in and I will confirm space availability. Spaces fill up quickly!

A $100.00 non-refundable deposit holds your space.

Balance due: March 30th, 2018: $775.00


Cancellation policy:

In the event of cancellation after March 30th, balance payment of $775.00; $765.00 will be refunded if someone from the waiting list is able to attend. Non-payment of the $750 balance by March 30th may result in someone form the waiting list taking the space so please be sure to watch for the balance due email announcement and please be in touch if there are any changes. Thank you!


Payment Options (after availability is confirmed:)

* via PayPal by logging into paypal and sending your payment to or please request a paypal invoice from me.


* By check to The Encaustic Center, 580 W Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, TX, 75080


* By credit card; call Bonny at 214-405-5993


* By cash at The Bonny Studio or The Encaustic Center, please call or email Bonny to schedule a time: or 214-405-5993


Bonny Leibowitz

for registration and questions

bonny at



additional contact for questions:

Deanna Wood



The Encaustic Center

580 W Arapaho Rd. #271

Richardson, TX. 75080























580 W. Arapaho Rd. #271, Richardson, Texas, 75080