The process of encaustic monoprinting is a new endeavor for me and one that I really enjoy. I use a Hot Box, patented by encaustic artist Paula Roland. After heating the box to a temperature which will allow the greatest fluidity and manipulation, I draw on the metal sheet with various encaustic crayons, sticks, and cakes made from beeswax and tinted with pigment. The hot cakes I actually make myself using muffin tins. The process of drawing on the hot surface allows me to loosen up my linework and creates lots of fun bleeds in the melted image. Once I have decided an image is finished, I take a sheet of rice paper and gently lay it over the painting. Then I peel the rice paper back, and what is revealed is a one of a kind encaustic painting on paper. Usually there is a "ghost" image left on the Hot Box, from which I love to pull additional prints to reuse in collage pieces.