Colouring Encaustic Wax Medium can be achieved by adding oil paint, oil sticks or dry pigments.


Colouring with dry pigments eliminates the addition of unwanted oils and binders found in paint which can affect the integrity of the wax medium. By using dry pigments - only pure pigment is added. Why pay for ingredients in a paint formula when you only need the pigment!


Langridges  high quality  pigments  are noted for their quality of grade and fineness, ensuring optimum tone and chroma. 


Comes in 120ml glass jars.

All colours below are pure single pigment types with no blending of multiple pigments.

As with any powdered substance it is recommended to use safety precautions when using dry pigments as some may contain harmful loose particles.


Price list

  • Series 1 colours $14 each
  • Series 2 colours $18 each
  • Series 3 colours $22 each
  • Series 4 colours $28 each



Choose your required colour by clicking on a box below and choosing from the drop down options.



Chromatopia book An Illustrated History of Colour

by David Coles

Did you know that the Egyptians created the first synthetic colour and used it to create the famous blue crown of Queen Nefertiti? Or that the noblest purple comes from a predatory sea snail? In the Roman Empire, hundreds of thousands of snails had to be sacrificed to produce a single ounce of dye. Throughout history, pigments have been made from deadly metals, poisonous minerals, urine, cow dung, and even crushed insects. From grinding down beetles and burning animal bones to alchemy and pure luck, Chromatopia reveals the origin stories behind over fifty of history’s most vivid colour pigments.

Featuring informative and detailed colour histories, a section on working with monochromatic colour, and “recipes” for paint-making, Chromatopia provides colour enthusiasts with an eclectic story of how synthetic colours came to be. Red lead, for example, was invented by the ancient Greeks by roasting white lead, and it became the dominant red in medieval painting.

Spanning from the ancient world to modern leaps in technology, and vibrantly illustrated throughout, this book will add a little chroma to anyone’s understanding of the history of colours.

David Coles


David Coles is the founder and head paint-maker of Langridge Artist Colours, one of the world’s most respected makers of artists’ oil paints. With over two decades’ experience, he is widely respected within the artist community and is regularly a guest lecturer at leading art colleges.