Saturday, August 18, 2012

Monotypes



Today the art group that I am part of met to do some monotype printmaking.  Its good to get together and see how everyone approaches a technique and subject and to learn from successes and failures.

I was tired today and I think that impacted on how I approached the printing.  While I enjoyed the process, I couldn't seem to create anything that was a 'keeper'.  Not that I expect everything that I do to make the grade, and often it doesn't. Like many techniques, the more you practice, the better you become, the less mistakes and more successes.

I used several plexiglass printing plates as well as a gel plate.  The use of oil based inks allowed me time to work on drawing into the plate with tools, cotton swabs and tissues and this print of a river was one of the first pieces I tried today and about the only one that is worth showing.

I had worked on a series of "hidden" rivers in the city a couple of years ago and this was one of them, fairly close to where I work. Small streams that wind through the city on their way to ocean are often overlooked by the public who walk and drive past them daily.

The print is 8" x 10" on Iwara Japanese paper using prussian blue oil based Caligo ink.

3 comments:

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

great job with all the different textures. this looks like an etching to me, its a neat look :)

Jeanette said...

Thanks Jen. I like the look of monotypes just for that reason and will continue with some more when I get a chance.

Hedera said...

I like this Jeanette - lovely marks draw the eye into the picture. There's an air of mystery too. :)