May 21, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays! Hot Plate Monoprinting on Youtube

First off what exactly is a monoprint ? 
The short version curtesy of Wikipedia, but I think it explains it fairly well:
A monoprint is a single impression of an image made from a reprintable block.  Rather than printing multiple copies of a single image, only one impression may be produced, either by painting or making a collage on the block. Monoprints may also involve elements that change, where the artist reworks the image in between impressions or after printing so that no two prints are absolutely identical.[2] Monoprints may include collage, hand-painted additions, and a form of tracing by which thick ink is laid down on a table, paper is placed on top and is then drawn on, transferring the ink onto the paper. Monoprints can also be made by altering the type, color, and pressure of the ink used to create different prints.
Monoprints are known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques; it is essentially a printed painting. The characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike. The beauty of this medium is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing media.
Now for the fun, woot!

For your supply wish lists there are several goodies that can be purchased for this purpose. 
Paula Roland's "Hot Box" $400.00 range ( my birthday is in July btw ;)
and I believe Enkausticos brand carries the anodized aluminum plates on their own as well.
R and F also has a anodized aluminum pallette that can also be used for mono printing:
Here is a link for one at 

For this weeks video I am using my handy pancake griddle. 
If you are looking for one for this unique printing purpose , 
look for one that has a smoother surface. Some non stick surface griddles are 
bumpy or rough , and that will not work for this technique very well. 
My griddle is very smooth, but if I had one that wasn't 
and didn't have any of the above mentioned goodies, I would try a really 
smooth aluminum cookie sheet on top of it ; )

 Once the printing is done, don't let the fun stop there!
You can further embellish your prints with inks, 
graphite, charcoal, water colors etc.

Tips and Tricks?
turn the griddle down for crisper images 
 This weeks supply list :

encaustic medium ( I used R and F)
hot plate /griddle
Encaustic paints ( I used R and F encaustic paint sticks)
alcohol inks
india inks
graphite crayon
plain printing paper
rice paper (my favorite) 

Sometimes if you receive the post my email, the video does not show up.
You can view the video directly on the blog
or on the Youtube channel by clicking 

Would you like to join me for much more in -depth encaustic 
exploration, creating, and fun?
"Encausticology Image Exploration"
Online workshop begins on May 29th!
You can see all of the details on the online workshop page at the top of the blog,
or in the Etsy Shop. 

Blessings to you,
and Happy Creating!

May 18, 2015

On My Table Today


Just 12 more days until "Encausticology " Workshop Begins! 
I thought I would show you what is currently on my work table, and how they originated. 


 this is the same photo!

 The wonderfully fun  thing is I could continue to paint this same photo 20 times and have it look 
completely different every time! 

 No Photoshop here!
Just  paints, pastels, 
and wonderful layers of Encaustic. 
Building up the layers , and scraping back to reveal previous ones.


Nothing against the digital magic of Photoshop of course. 
But, there is something to the touch , feel, texture, and smell, of encaustics ,and 
using your hands to create, that fills with satisfaction, and keeps the exploration an exciting process! 

Sound like fun? 
You can join me for a 
full image exploration journey in

online workshop.

 You can see all of the details, and register
 for the workshop on the "online workshop page" of the blog , or in my Etsy Shop .

Blessings to you, 

May 13, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays! Encaustic and Graphite Monoprinting Fun

 Beautiful monoprints with graphite !

 Broke out a Gelli plate this week . I give a little disclaimer in the video as well, but  the graphite 
might be  a little bit abrasive to the Gelli plate , and it will stain it . I get it pretty clean with dawn and then baby oil , but if trying this project, you may want to appoint a special "Gelli" plate just for 
the graphite , or make your own gelli plate . 
 I have a Japanese maple that has beautiful leaves . Experimenting
with what works best in the printing is half the fun !

Materials I used this week:
"Gerneral's " brand powdered graphite
Gelli brand printing plate
local greenery 
water color paper 140lb. 
small  masonite boards I get in bulk  from the craft store 
R and F brand encaustic medium
encaustic gesso
white Shiva paint stick (for a white color layer on board)

Sometimes if you are receiving this post via email the video does not show up. 
You can view the video directly on the blog at
or directly on the Youtube channel by clicking 

"Encausticology. Creating Imagery  in Encaustic"
Online Workshop begins May 29!
See details on my online workshop page or the Etsy shop

Happy Creating! 

May 11, 2015


I had no real set  plans yesterday ,
so I had decided  that I wanted  to announce the winners of the giveaway
 "encaustically" :))

Little did I know , I was woke up to Miss Reagan's delicious gluten free banana pancakes

2 eggs
pinch of baking powder
banana smooshed 
drop of vanilla 

I wish I had a photograph of them ,
 but I was quickly hurried off to get dressed for my surprise picnic at the park!

We had a delightful time ,
but not enough daylight left to film my "reveal"

so without further adoo,
Woot Woot!
Here are the winners.....

Congratulations to Jackie and Theresa !
Please email me and let me know 
the email address you would like for the workshop Jackie ,
and the mailing address for the 
encaustic kit Theresa :)))

Blessings, and happy Creating!

May 8, 2015

Wax on Wednesdays! Wax, Whimsy , and Wonderful Color Journal

I had a couple of other "more serious" projects  planned for Wax on Wednesdays! to share with 
you , but whenever life gets too busy, or a little overwhelmed , I revert to drawing my 
young little  characters . They make me slow down, think of simple happy things, and just make me smile .
 These are the only tools I use for them .
watercolor paper
graphite pencil
red watercolor paint
water soluble graphite 
and whatever thin object I grab for scratching in their little hair-dos :)
I decided I would do a little whimsical color journal for my
Mother In Law for Mother's Day. 

The great thing about this project is if you just like little whimsy characters you can
do them , or 
If you just like abstract painting without the whimsy you
can do just that without the characters! 

Of course you can do the whole thing on a black and white scale and 
just use graphite , and black and white india inks for a lot of fun as well.

My head was obviously swimming with little waxy journal ideas after this !

This week the sun was shining , and I felt like a lot of wonderful color .

A little warning ,
 This journal smells awesome ! 
The fist thing Reagan did before she went through the pages was  said that it smelled 
"SO good "
( from the beeswax :)

Here is a list of the supplies I used in this journal:
graphite pencil
water soluble graphite
water color paints
india inks
graphite crayon
alcohol inks (ranger)
water color paper
book binding thread
regular heavy duty thread and needle (to stitch characters on)
E6000 spray adhesive
some antique linen I used for binding tape
archival bookbinding type glue (for binding tape)

 I began to stitch these on with a little craft machine but warning, the wax will gook up 
on machine base so don't use a regular nice sewing machine after you have waxed. 
I hand stitched quite a bit of them on as well just for different textures . 
If I did a do-over I may have stitched them on first and waxed after :). 

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You can view directly on
directly on the Youtube channel by clicking 

ALMOST time for the drawing for the free spot in an Encausticology ! 
and the  little encaustic kit!

You can still sign up for the Giveaway on this post :
 You can also still sign up to join me for the workshop !
(if you win the giveaway I will send you a refund , or you can give to a friend )

You can go to the "online workshop page " at the top of the blog to see all of the details and register , or purchase in my Etsy shop .
The fun startsMay 29th!

Have a wonderful weekend,
Blessings to you,