Damar is a hard natural resin that comes from a family of deciduous trees that grow in the East Indies. In encaustic paint damar resin is the most common ingredient for hardening the beeswax and raising its melting temperature. Damar allows the wax to be buffed to a higher, more translucent surface and helps prevent blooming in the wax.
Damar resin can also be used for:
Damar varnish – dissolve the resin in turpentine
Final varnish – tempera or oil paintings
Oil paint medium – add to oil paint for transparent glossy glazes.
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