"Italian Wax retains the charming quality of Maroger while attaining a low gloss finish."
Albert Popa - OMM Customer
Medium of the Venetians
Be bold and stay in control with Italian Wax. Simply mix Italian Wax into your paint to create more body and lively consistencies. The tactile quality helps "build up the layers" increasing luminosity in key areas. Used by traditional and abstract artists alike, the Italian wax has no odor and dries with a mat finish.
"The fluid black oil and the addition of wax to the pigments, which gave them a somewhat fluffy, spongy texture, made possible many different ways of using this subtle technique. In addition to the mat quality, the artist now also possesses the means of the still more rapid execution, necessitated by the new conceptions of drawing that had but recently been brought about by the genius of Michelangelo Buonarotti.* " Old Masters uses 100% organic, unbleached beeswax to achieve superior handling and durability.
Painting with Layers
Italian Wax is perfect for those who prefer a lively painting consistency, faster drying time and are adventurous with the palette knife. Earlier masters such as Titian and Tintoretto were frequent users of the illustrious Italian Wax. Artists also use the wax medium on tin, copper and wood due to its adhesiveness and durability.
* "Secret Formulas and Techniques of the Masters,"
by J. Maroger.