works on paper


These are watercolor monotypes on Rives BFK paper.  The images contain additional drawing with graphite and encaustic.  A kistka writing tool is used to apply thin, precise lines with the encaustic painting medium.  This tool is traditionally used for creating Ukrainian Easter eggs.  It is used to draw intricate symbols, designs and lines with beeswax on the eggs in varying layers as a resist to each dye applied to the egg.  The tool seems an appropriate fit for encaustic, which is a beeswax-based paint.  The kistka is heated with the flame of a candle.  The encaustic paint is then scooped into the small funnel of the tool.  It is periodically swayed through the flame to keep the paint in a molten, flowing state.  This process lends itself to creating simple, gestural marks in a very meditative way.


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watercolor monotypes with drawing

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