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!


  1. Gorgeous Shari! I'll have to check the monoprinting videos out on YouTube.

    1. Thanks so much Kelly!
      Both monoprinting techniques (this week's and last weeks) are so different. After a few years it is still amazing to me how many wonderful directions you can go with the wax!

  2. I ran across this hot plate in another on line tutorial. She used it like the Roland plate, but it's only $212 (plus shipping from Europe) It's 400W and 16x24. It's not perfect, but it's almost $200 cheaper.

  3. Thanks Dave! If you are having it shipped to the US you may want to check to make sure the plug is the same as US as often they are different. That is the trouble some of my students have when ordering US products to overseas is the fact their plugs are different than ours in many places.

    You completely peaked my interest though! And I found this one on Amazon

    It is 56.00 ( with free shipping in US) stainless steel , which means it "should" be smoother than a non stick griddle etc. and has 16 1/2" x 24 1/2" of working surface :) .

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