More big monotypes

Watershed Moment #8, encaustic monotype on Rives BFK, 22" x 30", ©2012

Watershed Moment  - blue on reds, encaustic monotype on kozo, 20" x 48", ©2012

Watershed Moment #10, encaustic monotype on Rives BFK, 22" x 30", ©2012

Watershed Moment #6, encaustic monotype on Lenox, 24" x 38", ©2012

Watershed Moment #7, encaustic monotype with collage on Lenox, 24" x 38", ©2012
These are more of the current series of large encaustic monotypes.  I haven't written much about the process of making these one-off prints.  A monotype, as opposed to a monoprint, is made as a unique piece through a print process (monoprints have repeatable elements like stencils).  I work on a heated surface - a hotbox, as developed by Paula Roland.  I use a sheet of galvanized steel (many artists use anodized aluminum), heated with 4 100w light bulbs in an enclosure of insulated wood which I built. For these large prints I actually use two hot boxes under one large sheet of metal - so 8 bulbs total.  I paint directly on the metal surface with a mix of encaustic and pigment sticks and then make a single print using a variety of papers.  This is the point where the pieces can diverge from a classical monotype because I often work back into the piece with graphite, pastels (both soft and oil), conte or add collage elements.

My upcoming show at UM has been publicized at Montage - the U's arts portal and at the School of Natural Resources' site.

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