June 9, 2024

My favorite finish for my paintings…

Today I want to show you my favorite finish for a painting – cold wax.

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I use cold wax on both acrylic and oil paintings to create a final beautiful surface. It often takes two coats that I then polish to create a river stone finish — it’s not glossy, and not matte, it’s just right. I love the natural quality of the wax and the yummy luster it leaves after polishing. Cold wax works so well for all my paintings, I even use it in my sketchbook!

Do you use cold wax? Let me know in the comments if you have any tips to share.

After a short break, the Art2Life Podcast is back with all new episodes! Coming this Wednesday, I paint and talk with Bay Area Artist, Raquel Baldocchi. Raquel is a mixed-media artist who has a unique process of working with self-made papers and collage. I’m loving this new format where I make art with friends. Bring your sketchbook or something you are working on and join us wherever you stream podcasts or watch on our YouTube Channel!

Hope you make some art today!


PS: I am so excited to announce two transformational Art2Life Retreats available this year, at two extraordinary locations — Morocco and Mexico! Ready to transform your art and life? Click here to learn more.

Nicholas Wilton

Hi! I’m
Nicholas Wilton
the founder of Art2Life.

With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.

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