As someone whose knowledge of word processing programs has far surpassed my awareness of art supplies, I’m consistently surprised by the variety of materials and the nuances in their effects. Recently, I stumbled across the website for R&F Handmade Paints, a small company based in Kingston, NY, which manufactures its own encaustics (most basically, beeswax to which pigment is added) and pigment sticks.
In addition to its high quality materials, R&F also hosts a variety of technique workshops in various painting and encaustic techniques. They also showcase artists, both through bi-monthly exhibits at their Kingston building and through their artist of the month showcase on their website and blog.
In addition, their website includes a forum to help artists connect with other artists, find galleries to show their work and find answers to questions about technique and use of materials.