Monotype: Betty (#printmaking #mixedmedia)

Betty 10.5 x 3.5 Monotype with watercolor & colored pencil
Process shots begin at the bottom of this post. 
Betty is available in my Etsy Shop.
The reference for this monotype was a tiny, mid 1940’s photo of my mother on a new bike. Her name isn’t Betty, but in cycling lingo, the term is used to refer to a girl who is a novice biker. For the record, I’m a Betty too.  My bike is hanging, dusty and neglected, on the wall in the garage, while I play with art supplies in the studio, and scheme and anticipate leaving before dawn in the morning to see the Anders Zorn exhibit in San Francisco. They don’t allow photos at the museum, but I’m sure I’ll yammer, drool and sputter about his watercolors and etchings in my next blog post. He is one of my all time favorite artists. Stay tuned.
Which exhibits are you going to see to nourish your creative mojo this year?
After the watercolor was dry, I added colored pencil.
After the ink was dry, I added watercolor….
A sheet of paper is laid on the still-wet pigments on the plate,
and passed through the etching press, where the pressure of the roller
transfers the ink from the plate to the paper.
This is the print, drying in my studio.
The image is wiped, scraped and dabbed out of the ink, using cloth,
cotton swabs, points and finger tips. It’s a bit like finger painting,
but instead of adding pigments, it’s a subtractive process, like carving
light from a black field.
Dark field monotype: this piece started with a copper plate
coated in a thin layer of Daniel Smith oil-based etching ink,
rolled on evenly with a brayer.


Art Quote
I devoted free moments, particularly evenings, to etchings, both reproductions of paintings and directly from life. I attached little importance to this pursuit, but was entertained by the surprises inherent in this game of chance, that lines that I incised with a steel needle on a treated black copper plate became light red against a dark background, and when printed would be black on a white field, and reverse to boot; it was like playing blind-man’s bluff, a game which delighted me then, and still delights me now. ~Anders Zorn (1860-1920)

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3 Responses to Monotype: Betty (#printmaking #mixedmedia)

  1. Anonymous January 16, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    That is a very nice use of the monotype technique. Additionally, I very much like how you document the steps you take in achieving your final result. Thank you.

    – Ignatz

  2. Barbara Muir January 14, 2014 at 10:39 pm #

    Love this, and how exciting to be heading out to see great art. I too am and always will be a Betty. I don’t even know where my bike is. This is considered poor form in a family of bike people.
    Wonderful work.

    XOXOXO Barbara

  3. John Brisson January 14, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    As usual, wonderful!

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