Today I finally took the plunge and worked on some handmade encaustic medium for my next series of paintings. I'd run out of commercial medium and had decided earlier this summer that I would just make my own, as it was more economical. So, today I followed a traditional recipe of 8 parts beeswax to 2 parts damar resin crystals. I ended up making two batches this afternoon, so now I have 24 muffin-sized cakes of medium and 2 small "loaves".
A special thanks to Jaime Lyerly for posting her foray into handmade medium and to Susan Crouse-Kemp for her video "Making Encaustic Medium".