Wax preperation


The wax refers to a class of chemical compounds that is supple solid form at ambient temperatures and melts at temperatures above about 41 ° C to give a low viscosity liquid. Waxes are water insoluble but soluble in organic solvents.


I started with the question when I read about this ancient technique in his book "Natural History" Pliny the Elder. The book has been released in 1994 and reprinted in 1998 by publishing "AGRA" with the title "On the ancient Greek painting" (ISBN 960-325-123-2, ISBN-13 978-960-325-123-1) with very good translation from Latin (Tasos Roussos & Alekos See. Levidis) and a robust set of interesting notes (Alekos See. Levidis).

The book I read almost after replication for five years and pregnant in me the idea to try the technique referred and which seemed to have been lost in time. At that time already, I used beeswax as an ingredient to control the absorption of the oil in my oil paintings. I was familiar with the process of enrichment of lacquers and oils that I used in my oil paintings and so it was not a long one for the reverse. Ie to convert the solid wax plate density paste respective oil.


The following procedure is dangerous.

Processing materials

1. Casserole
2. retsina
3. Plastic container
4. Fabric for filter
5. Rubber
6. Spatula
7. Turpentine
8. Beeswax


The following procedure is dangerous.

1st recipe

1. I put the container of turpentine in the pot with hot water and stir until melted.

2. Filter the mixture in plastic container

3. Convey a glass container to cool


Three samples of different density.
1. For the first layers
2. For the next layers
3. For details


The above procedure is dangerous.

About me

My name is Anastasios Mavroudis (Tasos).I was born on 1968 in Thessaloniki, Greece. I live and work in U.K.

In this site I present part of my art work which is based on my studies of Hagiography in School of Hagiography of Larissa Municipality and in school of Art Kl. Hatzinikou.


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