Dipped in Wax is a Self-Directed class, with approximately two hours of videos that you may now access without a time limit!


If you have questions about the video please write me at [email protected]

Submerging paper sheets in plain or pigmented encaustic builds up surface and strength.

Dipped substrates are excellent for use with most all encaustic painting techniques, including:

incising, transfers, glazing, oil paint sticks, and carbon-based media (graphite and ink as taught by Paula in her Carbon Lab course) and more.

Heavy paper

  • Becomes rigid, opaque, and object-like when dipped multiple times.
  • Edges are beautifully organic and irregular.
  • Sturdy pieces may be cut, shaped and joined to create 3D works or joined with other methods of 3D encaustic work.

Thin paper

  • Becomes translucent and the paper remains flexible when submerged in plain oar lighhtly pigmentd beeswax medium.
  • Transparent sheets may be used to overlay other works with layers revealed.
  • Lightly dipped sheets may be folded/creased, stitched, rolled and used to create book arts and more.

Substrates and Surfaces

Most encaustic techniques may be used, including painting, incising, glazing, transfers, oil paint sticks, and carbon-based ink and graphite (as in Paula's Carbon Lab).

Transform Objects

Found or constructed objects dipped in wax can be part of an installation or presented as stand-alone sculptural forms.

Expand Your Ideas

Become comfortable with Handling molten wax and paper in many formats. It can be cut, formed, and re-assembled, making it dimensional.

Discover Artists

Through PowerPoint Presentations discover artists who utilize the many possibilities of working with dipping, pouring, submerging, and related techniques that will inspire you.

Translucent or Opaque

Thin paper may become translucent and thicker paper can be opaque and rigid, expanding possibilities.

Many options for presentation

will be shown!

Small or Large

A special "faux-dipping" video shows how to work much larger with a combo of pouring and other techniques that mimic the look of paper dipped in encaustic.

Waxed-Paper substrates and natural-looking forms become objects in and of themselves.

These techniques inspire new ideas and complement existing works.


  • Dipped substrates are compatible with virtually all encaustic techniques.
  • Encaustic on panel is heavy to handle and ship; wax on paper usually is not.
  • Waxed Paper is less vulnerable--wax/encaustic strengthens and seals paper. It is virtually waterproof.
  • You will become comfortable handling molten wax and paper in many forms. This is a great segue to 3-D wax forms.


Paula Roland draws on over 35 years of professional experience in helping you realize your artistic goals. Paula began her journey with encaustic monotypes in the late 1990s, quickly becoming the “go-to” expert in this medium. Through her art, teaching and creation of the Roland HOTbox, she elevated the international profile of encaustic monotypes. For over 25 years, she has been a leading practitioner and instructor of encaustic on paper and panel. Paula exhibits and teaches encaustic painting as well as monotypes.

Roland's teaching experience includes teaching and curriculum development in colleges, museum education, and at nearly every level of art education.

Paula’s interest in broadening the scope of encaustic printmaking extended the process to include large scale monotypes and scrolls up to 35' in length; installation and translucent back-lit paper works; mixed mediums and monotypes; heated drawing; video projection on prints; and prints layered with encaustic or collage.

Paula Roland has an MFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of New Orleans, a BA from Dominican College, and Grad level education courses from Louisiana State University and Tulane.


"I have taken several workshops with Paula over the years, each of which was very worthwhile. She is a talented artist and instructor. I always come away with useful techniques, renewed enthusiasm and new ideas. I admired her hand-dipped paper pieces, so I signed up for her workshop in 3D dipping and hand-dipped papers shortly before COVID.  This was a unique way to work, and I highly recommend it."


"Paula's demos in the dipping class were packed with explanations and a wonderful depth of knowledge she was always willing to share. She spent time with each of us, helping us develop our own work, while encouraging further exploration. "

~ Theresa

Get a 20% discount on Dipped in Wax if you also register for Carbon Lab! Discount ends April 12, 2024.

1. Register/purchase Carbon Lab (https://catalystartlab.com/p/carbon-lab1111).

2. Then email [email protected] for the 20% off code to Dipped in Wax.

3. Last, Register for Dipped and on the check-out page, enter the code, and the discount isautomaticall added.

Price with code is $260.

Dipped in Wax

TO ALL COURSE CONTENT! (course does not expire)!


Q: Is encaustic experience required?

A: Yes, you need to have a working knowledge of encaustic and experience painting with encaustic. It is beyond the scope of this course to teach encaustic painting techniques.

Q: Is special equipment required?

A: You will need basic encaustic painting equipment and hand tools to accomplish your goals.

For dipping sheets: A wide electric skillet or large baking pan with hotplates.

For dipping objects, a deep electric pot or deep pan and hotplates are needed. Upon registration, you will have access to a detailed materials list.

Q: If I have more questions. How do I reach you?

A: You can email Paula at [email protected]

Q: Do I need a Roland HOTbox for this course?

A: No. However, you will find one very useful for faux dipping techniques!