Intro to Encaustic Painting

Self-Study Class Includes Lifetime Access, Online Community & More!

12 Lessons – $55.25 $65

Get a thorough introduction to the rich medium of encaustics. Stephanie Hargrave leads you step-by-step through the process of creating complex, luminous paintings with hot wax and pigment. You’ll get the basic techniques of encaustic under your belt, develop confidence in working with new materials, and walk away with one or more ready-to-hang works.

Now available as a self-study class.

Class Description

Encaustic painting is the process of using melted and pigmented beeswax to create exciting, luminous paintings. If you’ve ever been curious about encaustics, you’re in for a treat! This 12-lesson online workshop covers a brief history of this ancient medium, the sorts of equipment you’ll need, setting up your work space, mixing colors, adding other media like paper and thread, working safely with your materials—everything you need to know to start making your own encaustic paintings.

Class Itinerary

Lesson 1: Set-up and Safety

Lesson 2: Brief History and Fusing Clear Wax

Lesson 3: Adding One Color

Lesson 4: Working with Opaque Colors

Lesson 5: Working with Transparent Colors

Lesson 6: Mixing Colors

Lesson 7: Burnishing Tissue Paper

Lesson 8: Japanese Paper with Drawings

Lesson 9: Charcoal Transfer

Lesson 10: Carving and Inlaying Line

Lesson 11: Thread and Linen Paper

Lesson 12: Finishing/Polishing your Paintings

Note: Materials used in this class may contain ingredients that are harmful to your health. We want you to be safe so follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully and work in well-ventilated areas.

Olivia I

Blood Flowers 2

Capra Hircus



Petalous 3 — 28″x28″



  • Two 24”x24” Drywall Panels (to protect your tabletop)
  • Pancake Griddle (with temperature gage)
  • Heat Gun or Propane Torch
  • Encaustic Medium – 1 Brick (Recommended: R&F Encaustic Medium, 333 ml.)
  • Encaustic Colors: 1 small brick each of Red, Yellow, Blue, Black, White
  • Metal tins – several (to hold melted wax)
  • Several 1″ – 1 1/2” Bristle Brushes
  • Smaller bristle brushes for detail work
  • Small Birch Panels (5”x7” and 6”x6”) – 3 each
  • Two 9”x12” Cradled Birch Panels
  • Painter’s Tape (blue tape)
  • Rags
  • Fan
  • Fire Extinguisher

Nuts & Bolts

  • This class is now available as a self-study class.
  • Immediately upon class signup, you will receive access to the class videos and corresponding materials.
  • A private Facebook group will be available for you to (optionally) share your artwork and enjoy and learn from the artwork of others. You may also email your teacher directly with questions or feedback.
  • You will have indefinite access to this class.
“I've wanted to try this for ages and you gave me the confidence to do so! So Much FUN!” — Clare M.
“Stephanie, your work remains an inspiration to me.” — Chela N.
“There is so much one can do with encaustics. I had no idea before your class.” — Jill. K