Basics of the Encaustic Monoprint Technique

Create a one-of-a-kind print using the encaustic technique, which involves painting with hot wax.


Materials and Tools:

hot plate
wax sticks (various colors)
rag paper
brayers or rollers
paper towels
encaustic medium
decorative paper
oil paints
natural bristle paintbrush
butterfly cutout
double stick tape


  1. Heat up the hot plate.
  2. Rub the wax sticks on the metal surface of the heat plate to melt them. Create a design on the plate with several colors.
  3. Lay a piece of rag paper face down on the painted design and cover with newspaper. Burnish with a brayer or roller.
  4. Carefully pull the paper away from the heat plate.
  5. Clean the heat plate with paper towels. Add more color to the heat plate and repeat the process to add patterns or more color to the print.
  6. Heat clear encaustic medium in a saucepan.
  7. Cut a house shape from decorative paper and place it on the front of the print. Brush with heated clear encaustic medium to attach. Add a butterfly cutout in the same manner or any desired designs.
  8. Mount the finished monoprint to cardstock with double stick tape for a unique card.

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