Trace Monotype Printmaking Methods
In the last post, I demonstrated techniques for a trace monotype made with more tone, and less line. This trace monotype (above) was made with more line, and less tone, which leaves plenty of printmaking paper exposed for watercolor or other media. If you’re looking for a video tutorial on how to make a trace monotype without a press, here is a play list of several monotype techniques on my youtube channel. The good news is that there are a ton of approaches to making a monotype: dark field, light field, trace monotype, monoprints, etc. Watch a few of the videos, and read a few blog posts here that go over monotype methods. From that survey, you’ll be able to pick one monotype technique to give it a go. And as always, if you have any questions, don’t be shy. Really. Leave a comment here, or in the comments under the video. I always write back. 🙂
Monotype Printmaking Ideas
Here is one of the trace monotype tutorials from my YouTube Channel. You’ll see that I’ve used a composite of several photos overlapped to create an imaginary scene. The resulting trace monotype was altered still more with colored pencil after the ink was dry. I think you’ll find that this is an excellent printmaking method for students, as the ideas for subjects can be themed, or left wide open, depending on your directive. Self portraits with their favorite superheros? Riding an enlarged version of the family pet? A group picnic with images from vintage family photos two generations back? You’ll have so much fun with this!
A Trace Monotype Video Tutorial
Here is one (above) of a couple different video demonstrations to make a monotype. Be sure to visit all seven monotype tutorial videos in the playlist to find the method that you like best for your first project. I’m convinced that you’ll have so much fun wit this lovely printmaking method!
From Trace Monotypes to Embroidery Thread
In the meantime, speaking of line, to satisfy your eyes with a little snippet of threaded loveliness, here is a seven minute video about the illustrator Sally Mavor. All of her book illustrations are made with thread (line) and fabric (color/tone). She doesn’t use a sewing machine, and her intricacies, characters and color details are mesmerizing and 100% hand made. Grab a cup of tea or coffee and treat your eyes to this little introduction to her world of stitched, embroidered and assembled characters. (If you can’t see the video window below, you can watch it directly on Vimeo here.)
Have a creative, hands-on week, and I’ll see you in the next post!
P.S. Here’s a monotype and monoprint board where I add goodies on Pinterest. You can follow along if you’d like. 🙂
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To me, all creativity is magic. Ideas start out in the empty void of your head – and they end up as a material thing, like a book you can hold in your hand. That is the magical process. It’s an alchemical thing. Yes, we do get the gold out of it but that’s not the most important thing. It’s the work itself.