Encaustic Monotypes

Encaustic monotype is a printmaking process that does not need a press. One of a kind prints are created on a heated aluminum plate using pigmented beeswax to create an image that is then transferred to paper or fabric or some other substrate. The print can then be put back onto the heated plate and various mark making tools such as pencils, oil pastels and charcoal sticks (to name a few) can be used draw back into the image further develop it. The wax accepts the different media and fixes the marks into the wax. After decades if printmaking experience, it is still surprising to turn over the paper to see the image that has printed in reverse-even when you plan for that reversal. The marks and images always have a fresh, unexpected energy that keep me enthralled in the printmaking process.