Monotype vs Monoprint?

Monotypes are unique images, one-of-a kind. Monoprints have a repeatable element and can be multiples. An encaustic monotype is essentially a wax/pigment painting done on a heated printing plate and transferred to paper by gentle pressure of the hand. No press is used! Encaustic monotypes are quite different than monotypes in other media and many of the techniques are not held in common. For more information, read here.

This method looks easy, but it's tricky. Paula developed the process, the HOTbox™ equipment, and developed most of the techniques. With over 25 years experience, Paula can help you find your voice in the medium and make works that support and extend your current practice.

The Roland Encaustic HOTbox™

Learn the many ways the HOTbox may be used in your encaustic studio--besides printing! Order Here

It is the very best tool for the job, but if you are not ready to make the leap, Paula can suggest an alternative.

Discover Artists

Discover exhibiting artists that stand out for having developed their own voice with encaustic printmaking.

Many artists have incorporated wax monotypes with their art practice as a secondary body of work, or use it as their primary medium

Learn All About Paper!

Eastern and Western, machine made, washi, or synthetic. Fibers, finish, weight, and absorbency all determine outcomes.

Discover Paula's favorites, as well as her multiple sources.


Explore the role of pigments, their particles, and effects on the work--they are among many variables!

Which pigments are transparent?

Which cause issues like beading up?

Make encaustic from scratch or modify commercially made paints.

How to make colors relate on the Hotbox.

Learn tricks and tips to unify composition.

What are the best paints to use?

About the wacky things that some pigments do...!

Explore unique tools and what marks and lines are possible!

Add or remove to draw or to create marks!

Layer color to add a ground, translucency, or depth.

Learn ways to mount prints or embed them in paintings.

Discover options to display free-hanging works-- without a frame.

And so much more!

Encaustic prints tend to be abstract.

Did you know you may work representationaly as well?

Paula can help you meet your goals and intentions by understanding the interplay between the many variables.

A body of work on paper is an excellent addition to your practice.

Spontaneous and freeing—numerous pieces may be created without a large investment in materials or time.

These prints may be utilized in many ways,

including collage, installation, artist books, 3-D works and of course individual prints!

Monotypes may be graphic or painterly, with richly layered surfaces of depth, translucency, and blended color.

Generate scores of ideas for your practice!

This course is for you if:

  • You want to free up your art practice and add a body of work on paper.
  • You are an adventurous beginner, skilled artist, or anywhere in between.
  • You've tried encaustic printing but you want a refresher and more skills to grow or vary your practice.
  • You've tried encaustic monotypes but you need more FOCUS and depth!

No prior experience is needed!

However, if you want a leg up, take Paula's self-directed course, Encaustic Monotypes: Painterly Prints with Heat and Wax.

Paula's UPCOMING COURSES include:

  • Carbon Lab- March 15, 22, 29, and April 4 ,2023. (Painting with encaustic, graphite, and inks).
  • Saturated Prints- May 3, 10, 17, 2023. (Spontaneous printing with "juicy" encaustic).

Course dates TBD:

  • Zen, Big Brush, and Expressive Mark-making (Inks, brushes, tool-making with confidence and using the whole body)
  • Mixed Media and Monotypes .


Paula Roland draws on over 35 years of professional experience in helping you realize your artistic goals. Paula began her journey with encaustic monotypes in the late 1990s, quickly becoming the “go-to” expert in this medium. Through her personal art, teaching, and creation of the Roland Encaustic HOTbox™, she elevated the international profile of encaustic monotypes. For over 25 years, she has been a leading practitioner and instructor of encaustic on paper and panel. Paula exhibits and teaches encaustic painting as well as monotypes.

Roland's teaching experience includes teaching and curriculum development in colleges, museum education, and at nearly every level of art education.

Paula’s interest in broadening the scope of encaustic printmaking extended the process to include large scale monotypes and scrolls up to 35' in length; installation and translucent back-lit paper works; mixed mediums and monotypes; heated drawing; video projection on prints; and prints layered with encaustic or collage.

Paula Roland has an MFA in Painting and Sculpture from the University of New Orleans, a BA from Dominican College, and Grad level education courses from Louisiana State University.

IF THIS COURSE IS FULL! Write me at [email protected] to be notified when it is offered again. Thanks!


"I have taken several workshops with Paula over the years, each of which was very worthwhile. She is a talented artist and instructor. I always come away with useful techniques, renewed enthusiasm and new ideas. I admired her hand-dipped paper pieces, so I signed up for her workshop in 3D dipping and hand-dipped papers shortly before COVID.  This was a unique way to work, and I highly recommend it."


"Paula's demos in the class were packed with explanations and a wonderful depth of knowledge she was always willing to share. She spent time with each of us, helping us develop our own work, while encouraging further exploration. "

~ Theresa

"Thank you for another outstanding workshop. Both your art and teaching continue to be a tremendous inspiration to me. You have such a breadth of knowledge and it is such a gift to be able to learn from you.

I appreciate all of the planning and work that you put into the execution of your workshops. I had a great time and learned a lot."

~Tracy K.


Take the Deep Dive into Encaustic Monotype Drawing and Mark-Making!

Five two-hour sessions live on Zoom, recorded. Supply list available soon. See details at the bottom of this page.


NO solvents NO press!

  • Easy to handle and store--Prints may even be rolled!
  • EASY TO SHIP! Encaustic prints are one with the paper and are not vulnerable in heat or cold! Unframed works can ship in a portfolio!
  • Wax seals and strengthens paper.
  • NO experience with encaustic or printmaking is required.

how this class works:

Classes meet live on Zoom for five, 2-hour sessions with Paula. Demos will be shown in videos or are presented live. Class sessions are recorded in case you have to miss, or for you to easily review.

The course is available to you for 90 days following the last class, so approximately 4 months.

The supply list will be available soon and you will be notified when it is in the curriculum. To reach the curriculum, and supply list, register, then go to Look top right for "MY COURSES". Click on this course and you will be there.