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Painting with Cold Wax 1M22

Age Group: 
Teens, Adults

Using printmaking techniques with oil paint and pigment sticks, without brushes or solvents, build up texture and layers to create spectacular effects. Add line, color and texture, then carve into your paintings to reveal layers beneath. Cold wax can be used with collage papers, fabric, texture tools, stamps and stencils. Consider including inks, pastels and anything that adds to your mark-making. 

Paula Lazar

Paula Lazar

Paula Lazar works in watercolor, oil paint, oil sticks and cold wax. A member of the Jamaica Plain Arts Association and the Newton Art Association, she has studied at the SMFA, Mass Art and at R & F Handmade Paints with Lisa Pressman. Her work has been shown in various open studio events, businesses and galleries in Greater Boston. She is the recipient of a Hans Hoffman Foundation Grant to study at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Mass.

"I enjoy exploring the elegance and form in everyday objects and am particularly attracted to the natural world. My aim is to reveal the hidden beauty of the commonplace while focusing on the dimensions of color and light in oil and watercolor. More recently I have been exploring oil, cold wax, and pigment sticks on paper and boards. This has led to a new focus on landscapes and abstractions."

Materials to bring to class:

In order to foster wide experimentation in this course, we encourage you to bring a variety of materials to work with. Wet materials (with the exception of oil paint), as well as dry, are fine. Feel free to bring collage materials as well.

  • Please wear clothes that you are comfortable in, and that can get dirty. Aprons, smocks, or coveralls are great.
  • Surface to work on: I recommend 10-12 pieces of Arches Oil paper.  You can buy a tablet and cut the sheets in half as a smaller size will be better for this class purposes. You can also use boards or other rigid surfaces that have been gessoed or have old paintings on them.  Stretched canvas is not recommended.
  • 1 Ampersand Gessoed board any size you want to use for leftovers--usually becomes a favorite painting.
  • 2-4 R&F Pigment Sticks. I recommend a white, black and a favorite color or two.
  • Oil Paint--small tubes are fine, any brand ( we suggest Gamblin).--Red, yellow, white and blue and any other colors you like to work with.
  • 1-2 palette knives
  • Paper palette 12x16 or larger--you can also use freezer paper for this if you also bring tape to secure it.
  • Paper towels
  • Pizza box for carrying home wet work. Multiple pizza boxes are usually needed.
  • Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on
  • You might want to bring a snack as we are working till 1:30


  • If you have done printmaking and have a brayer bring it
  • Any shower squeegee or soft rubber scraper can be useful
  • Drawing materials like charcoal, graphite stick or any other mark-making tools (stick, ceramic or sculpture tools)
  • Small stencil that you don't mind getting oil paint on.
  • Anything else that you use to create texture or make marks and don't mind getting oil paint on.



The instructor will provide Cold Wax, gloves, baby oil for clean up.