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The Monoprint or Monotype

A monotype/monoprint is a print that has qualities unique to each and are not reproducable in the process it was originally created. It is possible in some instances, that a less defined image can be made by using the medium that still remains behind on the working surface. Alternative resources sometimes refer to a monoprint as a print made with the same underlying image with differing colors, textures, mediums, etc; and can be reproduced, but rather only one is made. Terms are often used interchangeably and are otherwise types of prints that can only be recreated by digital or electronic means.

When concerning encaustic, use of this technique is achieved on a heated palette, or other heated flat surface; encaustic paint, rather than printing inks are employed. The actual process is very similar; however, there are some things to keep in mind. Read Watercolor Paper and Framing.

Wax, paper, and a heated palette are the general necessities to get you started- outside of a few basic items such as paper towels or tools of preference.

Simple and cheap, standard crayons can be used; however, this should really only be for learning purposes. Standard  wax crayons are not formulated to produce quality encaustic prints- for the same reasons you would not paint an encaustic piece, you would not paint, or in this case print, a encaustic monotype or monoprint. Simply put, the structure of the wax would not hold up. Some undesirable qualities of crayons are muddled colors and non-lightfast qualities. BUT- if you are just starting out, wax crayons can be inexpensive and seeming limitless supply until you become comfortable and/or confident in using quality encaustics.

More coming soon!

Related links can be found on Book Sources and on the Homepage: a march 2011 post, "Teaching Wax Monoprints."

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Revisiting old topics and filling in holes is quite a chore, yet a necessary one, one that will offer more quality information. For example: recent activity and questions surrounding hardboard and/or masonite, has directed our attention to fill in the blanks on that topic (currently under revision/addition), as well as, more about gesso (specifically encaustic gesso) and other topics (search the tabs), all are in the works. 

Prior years were to get as much general information as possible up and available- a starting point. More and more however, new topics are focused and detailed, and old ones will be getting revisiting; removing any possibility of confusion. 

I should point out that this is a one person operation (takes me awhile to get around to everything, ohh yeah, I should make some art), Anyway, where was I?, oh! one person operation..., even though I tend to refer in posts and topics as we, it is to remove the need to revisit things later when it really is we. All of this whilst working, making art, and whatever may be the case.

As always, I welcome any opinions, comments, and questions- simply contact me.

Thank you
Sincerely
Jonathan Parks