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create with

Wax Wax
Simple Tag Project
Tools & Supplies
Melt Craft Iron
Wax Pen Tip
Wire Brush Tip
Encaustic Paints: Candy Apple,
Salsa Blush, Blizzard Sky, Lemon
Fizz, Black Velvet
David Tutra Tags
Paper Towels
Glass Mat
1. Trace or draw a heart on your tag.
2. Using the wire brush tip, paint the
heart with Candy Apple paint.
3. Using the wax stylus tip, outline the
heart shape with Salsa Blush paint .
OPTIONAL: use the brush tip to gently
blend the pink and red by brushing over
the edge where the two colors meet.
4. Using the brush tip, add a band of Bliz-
zard Sky paint around the heart.
Napkin Tag
Printed napkins and tissue paper are a
great combination with encaustics for
collage. On this tag, the background was
created with yellow, then red and orange
were added around the edge before the
pieces of napkin were covered with wax
medium to hold them in place.
more quick and easy ways to
create with
Wax Wax
http://purplecows.net
Quick Start Guide Quick Start Guide
Be sure to read through the instructions inside this guide to learn how to use the
encaustic tips with the wax paints. And remember, practice makes perfect. Try this
technique on some scratch paper or card stock so you can get the hang of working
with encaustics.
*DONT FORGET TO CLEAN THE TIPS IN BETWEEN COLORS AND AFTER EACH
STROKE WHEN WORKING WITH MULTIPLE LAYERS.**
5. Using the wax stylus tip and Lemon
Fizz paint, make short strokes that
radiate from the heart and overlap the
blue.
6. With the wax stylus tip and Black
Velvet paint, outline the heart and add
a few strokes around the heart.
When the tag has cooled, gently polish
the wax with a soft cloth to bring up
the shine.
1 2
3 4
5 6
PC-101
Monogram Card
This super easy card
was made using
coredinations shaped
tags.
The background on the tag was a combination of light and dark
blue encaustic paint, spread so the light was on one side and the
dark on the other, then drips of gold wax were added and spread
to give it an ethereal sheen. The same technique was used on
the chipboard letter and the pieces were layered and glued onto a
plain card with a die cut piece in between.
For more detailed instructions go to our website:
purplecows.net
Copyright 5/2013 by Purple Cows, Inc., 3210 North Canyon Road, Suite 307, Provo, UT 84604. All rights
reserved. Please follow all manufacturers instructions and safety guidelines for the tools and supplies used in
this guide. Every effort has been made to ensure these instructions are accurate. We cannot be responsible
for human error, typographical mistakes, or variations in individual work.
Encaustic QuickStart Guide_1.indd 1 5/24/13 9:51 AM
Beeswax + Damar Resin + Pigment = Encaustic Paint
getting started with
Encaustics Encaustics
Step 1: Workspace and Project Set Up
Melt Craft Iron and Tips for working with Encaustics
Mini Iron Tip: This is the go to tip for applying,
dripping and spreading wax to the project surface.
Great for creating backgrounds and preparing
pieces for collage work.
Step 2: Loading the Craft Iron
Mini Iron Tip
Place the at side of the mini iron onto
the wax block long enough to generously
coat the surface with paint.
Wire Brush Tip
Hold the heated brush tip at (parallel
to) against the surface of the wax block.
As the wax heats, it will be drawn up in
and around the wire brush bristles. The
brush is loaded when you can see the
color all through the brush.
Wax Stylus Tip
Lay the warm stylus on the wax block
(parallel to). As the wax heats it will be
drawn up into the well in the center of
the tip.
Step 3: Apply Encaustic to Surface
With the mini iron the wax can be
dripped onto the project surface, then
spread to mix and blend. Its a great
way to add wax medium when creating
collage, just drip the wax over the piec-
es to be added, then spread the wax
with the at surface of the tip.
To apply the paint with the wax
pen/stylus tip: gently touch
the stylus tip to the paper and
draw, much like using a dip
pen. Its tricky at rst if you
have never done this, so prac-
tice on some scratch paper
to get the hang of it. You can
vary the thickness of the lines
and dots by varying the speed
of your movements.
Use the wire brush tip like
a paintbrush. The key is to
be gentle to maintain the
brush shape as you work.
This tip makes a nice thick
stroke and as the wax
cools, it shows the brush
strokes.
Encaustic or hot wax painting is an ancient art medium involving heat and layered pig-
mented beeswax. This versatile medium can be used in a variety of projects from ne art
and assemblage to mixed media, art journaling and scrapbooking. The nished surface
is luminous and can be gently polished to achieve a satin luster.
Melt Craft
Iron has two
temperature settings:
Low = 220 F.
High = 300 F.
Wire Brush Tip: Used like a brush,
this tip is great for blending, texturiz-
ing and shaping the encaustic layers
for greater surface interest.
Wax Pen/Stylus Tip: Works
like a dip pen and can be used
for writing, mark making and ne
details.
(The actual temperature of the craft iron tip can vary based on which tip you are using.)

Encaustic paints have a ash point (will start smoking) at 235, so be sure to use the lowest setting!
Tonic Studios
Glass Cutting Mat
Purple Cows
Melt Craft Iron & Tips
Purple Cows
Encaustic Paints
Paper Towels
I like to keep my encaustic paint cubes
Great to keep the tips clean
in between colors
Screw in the tip you want
to use, then plug it in and
set it to the lowest tem-
perature. Dont forget
the tool is hot--use pliers
to change the tips.
It works great to tape the
craft iron stand to your
work surface so it doesnt
slide around--Safety rst!
Your work surface needs to be heat resistant and not only is this tem-
pered glass, but I love the grid lines for design work.
at the top of my work surface
where they are easy to see.
With the Wire Brush Tip
Be sure to clean the brush with a paper towel or rag in between
colors. This works well for blending colors, but be careful to wipe
the brush clean before each stroke so the blended color does not
get transferred to other parts of your work.
With the Mini Iron Tip
With the Wire Brush Tip
Another great way to use this tip is to spread and mix colors. As
you iron between different colors, be sure to clean the tip in be-
tween strokes so the mixed colors dont get too muddy.
for more tips, techniques, tutorials,
projects and videos go to:
purplecows.net purplecows.net
Encaustic QuickStart Guide_1.indd 2 5/24/13 9:51 AM
Beeswax + Damar Resin + Pigment = Encaustic Paint
getting started with
Encaustics Encaustics
Step 1: Workspace and Project Set Up
Melt Craft Iron and Tips for working with Encaustics
Mini Iron Tip: This is the go to tip for applying,
dripping and spreading wax to the project surface.
Great for creating backgrounds and preparing
pieces for collage work.
Step 2: Loading the Craft Iron
Mini Iron Tip
Place the at side of the mini iron onto
the wax block long enough to generously
coat the surface with paint.
Wire Brush Tip
Hold the heated brush tip at (parallel
to) against the surface of the wax block.
As the wax heats, it will be drawn up in
and around the wire brush bristles. The
brush is loaded when you can see the
color all through the brush.
Wax Stylus Tip
Lay the warm stylus on the wax block
(parallel to). As the wax heats it will be
drawn up into the well in the center of
the tip.
Step 3: Apply Encaustic to Surface
With the mini iron the wax can be
dripped onto the project surface, then
spread to mix and blend. Its a great
way to add wax medium when creating
collage, just drip the wax over the piec-
es to be added, then spread the wax
with the at surface of the tip.
To apply the paint with the wax
pen/stylus tip: gently touch
the stylus tip to the paper and
draw, much like using a dip
pen. Its tricky at rst if you
have never done this, so prac-
tice on some scratch paper
to get the hang of it. You can
vary the thickness of the lines
and dots by varying the speed
of your movements.
Use the wire brush tip like
a paintbrush. The key is to
be gentle to maintain the
brush shape as you work.
This tip makes a nice thick
stroke and as the wax
cools, it shows the brush
strokes.
Encaustic or hot wax painting is an ancient art medium involving heat and layered pig-
mented beeswax. This versatile medium can be used in a variety of projects from ne art
and assemblage to mixed media, art journaling and scrapbooking. The nished surface
is luminous and can be gently polished to achieve a satin luster.
Melt Craft
Iron has two
temperature settings:
Low = 220 F.
High = 300 F.
Wire Brush Tip: Used like a brush,
this tip is great for blending, texturiz-
ing and shaping the encaustic layers
for greater surface interest.
Wax Pen/Stylus Tip: Works
like a dip pen and can be used
for writing, mark making and ne
details.
(The actual temperature of the craft iron tip can vary based on which tip you are using.)

Encaustic paints have a ash point (will start smoking) at 235, so be sure to use the lowest setting!
Tonic Studios
Glass Cutting Mat
Purple Cows
Melt Craft Iron & Tips
Purple Cows
Encaustic Paints
Paper Towels
I like to keep my encaustic paint cubes
Great to keep the tips clean
in between colors
Screw in the tip you want
to use, then plug it in and
set it to the lowest tem-
perature. Dont forget
the tool is hot--use pliers
to change the tips.
It works great to tape the
craft iron stand to your
work surface so it doesnt
slide around--Safety rst!
Your work surface needs to be heat resistant and not only is this tem-
pered glass, but I love the grid lines for design work.
at the top of my work surface
where they are easy to see.
With the Wire Brush Tip
Be sure to clean the brush with a paper towel or rag in between
colors. This works well for blending colors, but be careful to wipe
the brush clean before each stroke so the blended color does not
get transferred to other parts of your work.
With the Mini Iron Tip
With the Wire Brush Tip
Another great way to use this tip is to spread and mix colors. As
you iron between different colors, be sure to clean the tip in be-
tween strokes so the mixed colors dont get too muddy.
for more tips, techniques, tutorials,
projects and videos go to:
purplecows.net purplecows.net
Encaustic QuickStart Guide_1.indd 2 5/24/13 9:51 AM
Beeswax + Damar Resin + Pigment = Encaustic Paint
getting started with
Encaustics Encaustics
Step 1: Workspace and Project Set Up
Melt Craft Iron and Tips for working with Encaustics
Mini Iron Tip: This is the go to tip for applying,
dripping and spreading wax to the project surface.
Great for creating backgrounds and preparing
pieces for collage work.
Step 2: Loading the Craft Iron
Mini Iron Tip
Place the at side of the mini iron onto
the wax block long enough to generously
coat the surface with paint.
Wire Brush Tip
Hold the heated brush tip at (parallel
to) against the surface of the wax block.
As the wax heats, it will be drawn up in
and around the wire brush bristles. The
brush is loaded when you can see the
color all through the brush.
Wax Stylus Tip
Lay the warm stylus on the wax block
(parallel to). As the wax heats it will be
drawn up into the well in the center of
the tip.
Step 3: Apply Encaustic to Surface
With the mini iron the wax can be
dripped onto the project surface, then
spread to mix and blend. Its a great
way to add wax medium when creating
collage, just drip the wax over the piec-
es to be added, then spread the wax
with the at surface of the tip.
To apply the paint with the wax
pen/stylus tip: gently touch
the stylus tip to the paper and
draw, much like using a dip
pen. Its tricky at rst if you
have never done this, so prac-
tice on some scratch paper
to get the hang of it. You can
vary the thickness of the lines
and dots by varying the speed
of your movements.
Use the wire brush tip like
a paintbrush. The key is to
be gentle to maintain the
brush shape as you work.
This tip makes a nice thick
stroke and as the wax
cools, it shows the brush
strokes.
Encaustic or hot wax painting is an ancient art medium involving heat and layered pig-
mented beeswax. This versatile medium can be used in a variety of projects from ne art
and assemblage to mixed media, art journaling and scrapbooking. The nished surface
is luminous and can be gently polished to achieve a satin luster.
Melt Craft
Iron has two
temperature settings:
Low = 220 F.
High = 300 F.
Wire Brush Tip: Used like a brush,
this tip is great for blending, texturiz-
ing and shaping the encaustic layers
for greater surface interest.
Wax Pen/Stylus Tip: Works
like a dip pen and can be used
for writing, mark making and ne
details.
(The actual temperature of the craft iron tip can vary based on which tip you are using.)

Encaustic paints have a ash point (will start smoking) at 235, so be sure to use the lowest setting!
Tonic Studios
Glass Cutting Mat
Purple Cows
Melt Craft Iron & Tips
Purple Cows
Encaustic Paints
Paper Towels
I like to keep my encaustic paint cubes
Great to keep the tips clean
in between colors
Screw in the tip you want
to use, then plug it in and
set it to the lowest tem-
perature. Dont forget
the tool is hot--use pliers
to change the tips.
It works great to tape the
craft iron stand to your
work surface so it doesnt
slide around--Safety rst!
Your work surface needs to be heat resistant and not only is this tem-
pered glass, but I love the grid lines for design work.
at the top of my work surface
where they are easy to see.
With the Wire Brush Tip
Be sure to clean the brush with a paper towel or rag in between
colors. This works well for blending colors, but be careful to wipe
the brush clean before each stroke so the blended color does not
get transferred to other parts of your work.
With the Mini Iron Tip
With the Wire Brush Tip
Another great way to use this tip is to spread and mix colors. As
you iron between different colors, be sure to clean the tip in be-
tween strokes so the mixed colors dont get too muddy.
for more tips, techniques, tutorials,
projects and videos go to:
purplecows.net purplecows.net
Encaustic QuickStart Guide_1.indd 2 5/24/13 9:51 AM
create with
Wax Wax
Simple Tag Project
Tools & Supplies
Melt Craft Iron
Wax Pen Tip
Wire Brush Tip
Encaustic Paints: Candy Apple,
Salsa Blush, Blizzard Sky, Lemon
Fizz, Black Velvet
David Tutra Tags
Paper Towels
Glass Mat
1. Trace or draw a heart on your tag.
2. Using the wire brush tip, paint the
heart with Candy Apple paint.
3. Using the wax stylus tip, outline the
heart shape with Salsa Blush paint .
OPTIONAL: use the brush tip to gently
blend the pink and red by brushing over
the edge where the two colors meet.
4. Using the brush tip, add a band of Bliz-
zard Sky paint around the heart.
Napkin Tag
Printed napkins and tissue paper are a
great combination with encaustics for
collage. On this tag, the background was
created with yellow, then red and orange
were added around the edge before the
pieces of napkin were covered with wax
medium to hold them in place.
more quick and easy ways to
create with
Wax Wax
http://purplecows.net
Quick Start Guide Quick Start Guide
Be sure to read through the instructions inside this guide to learn how to use the
encaustic tips with the wax paints. And remember, practice makes perfect. Try this
technique on some scratch paper or card stock so you can get the hang of working
with encaustics.
*DONT FORGET TO CLEAN THE TIPS IN BETWEEN COLORS AND AFTER EACH
STROKE WHEN WORKING WITH MULTIPLE LAYERS.**
5. Using the wax stylus tip and Lemon
Fizz paint, make short strokes that
radiate from the heart and overlap the
blue.
6. With the wax stylus tip and Black
Velvet paint, outline the heart and add
a few strokes around the heart.
When the tag has cooled, gently polish
the wax with a soft cloth to bring up
the shine.
1 2
3 4
5 6
PC-101
Monogram Card
This super easy card
was made using
coredinations shaped
tags.
The background on the tag was a combination of light and dark
blue encaustic paint, spread so the light was on one side and the
dark on the other, then drips of gold wax were added and spread
to give it an ethereal sheen. The same technique was used on
the chipboard letter and the pieces were layered and glued onto a
plain card with a die cut piece in between.
For more detailed instructions go to our website:
purplecows.net
Copyright 5/2013 by Purple Cows, Inc., 3210 North Canyon Road, Suite 307, Provo, UT 84604. All rights
reserved. Please follow all manufacturers instructions and safety guidelines for the tools and supplies used in
this guide. Every effort has been made to ensure these instructions are accurate. We cannot be responsible
for human error, typographical mistakes, or variations in individual work.
Encaustic QuickStart Guide_1.indd 1 5/24/13 9:51 AM
create with
Wax Wax
Simple Tag Project
Tools & Supplies
Melt Craft Iron
Wax Pen Tip
Wire Brush Tip
Encaustic Paints: Candy Apple,
Salsa Blush, Blizzard Sky, Lemon
Fizz, Black Velvet
David Tutra Tags
Paper Towels
Glass Mat
1. Trace or draw a heart on your tag.
2. Using the wire brush tip, paint the
heart with Candy Apple paint.
3. Using the wax stylus tip, outline the
heart shape with Salsa Blush paint .
OPTIONAL: use the brush tip to gently
blend the pink and red by brushing over
the edge where the two colors meet.
4. Using the brush tip, add a band of Bliz-
zard Sky paint around the heart.
Napkin Tag
Printed napkins and tissue paper are a
great combination with encaustics for
collage. On this tag, the background was
created with yellow, then red and orange
were added around the edge before the
pieces of napkin were covered with wax
medium to hold them in place.
more quick and easy ways to
create with
Wax Wax
http://purplecows.net
Quick Start Guide Quick Start Guide
Be sure to read through the instructions inside this guide to learn how to use the
encaustic tips with the wax paints. And remember, practice makes perfect. Try this
technique on some scratch paper or card stock so you can get the hang of working
with encaustics.
*DONT FORGET TO CLEAN THE TIPS IN BETWEEN COLORS AND AFTER EACH
STROKE WHEN WORKING WITH MULTIPLE LAYERS.**
5. Using the wax stylus tip and Lemon
Fizz paint, make short strokes that
radiate from the heart and overlap the
blue.
6. With the wax stylus tip and Black
Velvet paint, outline the heart and add
a few strokes around the heart.
When the tag has cooled, gently polish
the wax with a soft cloth to bring up
the shine.
1 2
3 4
5 6
PC-101
Monogram Card
This super easy card
was made using
coredinations shaped
tags.
The background on the tag was a combination of light and dark
blue encaustic paint, spread so the light was on one side and the
dark on the other, then drips of gold wax were added and spread
to give it an ethereal sheen. The same technique was used on
the chipboard letter and the pieces were layered and glued onto a
plain card with a die cut piece in between.
For more detailed instructions go to our website:
purplecows.net
Copyright 5/2013 by Purple Cows, Inc., 3210 North Canyon Road, Suite 307, Provo, UT 84604. All rights
reserved. Please follow all manufacturers instructions and safety guidelines for the tools and supplies used in
this guide. Every effort has been made to ensure these instructions are accurate. We cannot be responsible
for human error, typographical mistakes, or variations in individual work.
Encaustic QuickStart Guide_1.indd 1 5/24/13 9:51 AM