Notes: Watching the Soul at Play

Soul Images

 I've often wondered what the Soul looks like. These flexible organic shapes are one of my concepts of the Soul. They play. They fly. They converse and rest.  They glide over the space-time continuum. They even age and old souls look different than their youthful counterparts. I find painting these images inspiring. I hope you enjoy watching these souls at play through these Encaustic Monotypes on Washi Paper.

Encaustic Monotypes capture images created by hot liquid painting on the top of a heated anodized aluminum plate. The image is fleeting and must be quickly transferred to the Washi Paper before it melts into the surrounding wax. I use a combination of pigment, beeswax and damar resin to create these monotypes. They cannot be duplicated: each one has unique colors, layers and lines and will never be printed again.

What is an Encaustic Monotype?

Encaustic Monotypes differ from traditional Monoprints. Encaustic Monotypes are hot wax encaustic images painted onto a heated metal plate and then transferred onto paper. There is only one print – no engraved plate is made, so these prints are always one of a kind: never repeated. 

Monoprints are single prints from engraved plates and could be repeated.

My monotypes are on Japanese Washi paper. I create an image with beeswax, damar (tree resin) and pigment on a heated plate. Each print may have multiple layers – created by painting multiple unique images and printing/overprinting on the paper until the desired image is achieved.