Dry Dock Huddle 8.5 x 7 Monotype on Arches Cover paper
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My reference photo on the left is a little grainy and over-exposed, but there’s enough information to draw the basic shapes of the sailboats in dry dock. I used straight watercolor over caran d’ache crayons on this one, after treating the mylar plate with just a drop of rubbed on liquid dish soap the night before to help the pigments stick (and release). The swell of boat hulls when they’re raised out of the water has always intrigued me – like suspended whales – in for maintenance – anxiously waiting to get back to the sea.
I received an email from printmaker Carol Hetherington this week, suggesting the dish soap treatment above, and mentioning a couple of material options for monotype plates. She uses 1/16″ lightly sanded Styrene sheets – also known as Polystyrene – which is a little more flexible than Lexan (polycarbonate) – the plexiglass sheets I’ve been using for both monotypes and dry points. I have a stack of various brands and weights of polycarbonate sheets, but I’ve never tried polystyrene. Have you? Please feel free to share your experiences in the comments.
~Recollections and impressions of James A. McNeill Whistler by Jerome Eddy 1903