Enkaustikos XD Wax Medium


Topcoats: Comparing the Effects of Wax Medium vs XD vs Natural Yellow Wax Medium

One way to use wax medium is by applying it as a top coat and fortunately, wax medium will give an ethereal effect without obscuring artwork underneath. Looking at the images below, you will see three varieties of Enkaustikos wax medium coating a decorative paper and an example of the paper untreated. On each sample there are two layers of medium. It is easy to see the effects that any of the wax mediums impart. Each has a slightly unique appeal and it is quickly evident what the Natural Yellow Wax Medium offers. Perhaps, it’s a little more difficult to distinguish between Enkaustikos original Wax Medium and the XD on your screen. The XD is more transparent, shinier and harder due to the higher concentration of damar resin.


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XD Wax Medium

available in a 440g pack of 8 ‘disks’

XD wax medium gets it’s name from the  extra damar Enkaustikos use to make it.  This wax medium has a higher content of damar resin than the original, giving it a thicker consistency when liquefied.  It also has a sticky tack while drying for easy texture build up and will stay pliable for a longer time than their original Wax Medium. Once cooled however, it is resistant to surface alterations from scraping or incising and offers a hard film. Like the original, XD can be used as a base coat, wax paint extender for glazing, and especially useful as a topcoat. If you want to achieve a glass like surface with a single topcoat, this is the product for you.


• Here is a clever tip

XD is not only used as a top coat or to enhance your paints. You can easily make your own wax medium by adding refined beeswax to it. This omits the laborious task of filtering damar resin yourself.

Here is how to make your own beeswax and damar resin encaustic medium in any concentration.

XD Wax Medium comes in a 30gram disc. Starting with 4 discs of XD, add the following amount of refined beeswax to make your desired beeswax to damar formulation.

397g of beeswax will yield an 8 to 1 ratio

340g of beeswax will yield a 7 to 1 ratio
283g of beeswax will yield a 6 to 1 ratio
227g of beeswax will yield a 5 to 1 ratio
170g of beeswax will yield a 4 to 1 ratio
113g of beeswax will yield a 3 to 1 ratio
57g of beeswax will yield a 2 to 1 ratio

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440g pack of 8 disks


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