Saturday, 24 July 2010

Cooling Off with Prints. Try a Monotype

The monotype is a one-of-a-kind print.  I thought I'd share some of the cooler images to help beat the heat!  (Cooling images I should say)!

The monotype is a spontaneous and painterly method of printmaking.  The image is painted onto a smooth surface, usually a zinc or copper plate, a sheet of dampened paper is placed carefully on top of the image, and transferred to the paper by running through a printing press.

If you'd like to make a monotype but don't have the equipment, you can use a piece of glass for the painting surface, (not too thin), and transfer the image by rubbing the back of the paper with the bowl of a spoon.  This takes longer of course, and some energy, but it works and you have the benefit of controlling where you would like the pressure.

I use oil based etching inks for the prints, and Fabriano or Arches paper.  If printing by hand, you might want to try a lighter Japanese paper to make the transfer easier.  

Many artists have created monotypes over the years.  Degas used to make monotypes and work over them with pastel.  They used to have monotype parties which is, I think, something we should revive!

There is no end to what you can create with this method of printing.  Let your imagination go and enjoy.

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  1. Anonymous7/24/2010

    Wow! Those are beautiful!

  2. fine work, indeed, thanks for sharing

  3. I would like to try that. So pretty.