Trace Monotype: Portrait of an adolescent boy

Burgeoning Boy 8.25×6.75 Trace Monotype with watercolor washes
on Thai Kozo paper   –   Available in my Etsy Shop

Yesterday, I printed an edition from a mat board collagraph with a taupe gray mixed from leftover akua inks used on previous projects. I had a dollop of ink left at the close of the day (see first photo below). This inspired a random decision (#distractedartist) to make a trace monotype. My work table is covered with a sheet of plexiglass, so I rolled the leftover ink out with a brayer. The process shots below (hopefully) explain the sequence for this type of print. You’re welcome to peruse a playlist of video tutorials on trace monotypes here.

You can see really beautiful versions of early trace monotypes (also known as transfer drawings) by the artist Paul Gauguin here (this one can be enlarged to see detail & line) and here.

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Small amount of ink left after printing an edition
Rolling the ink out on plexiglass covering my table
Scrap paper from tearing printmaking sheets to size
Covering edges of the ink for a cleaner frame
Taping the “frame” of scrap paper to the desk
laying a thin sheet of thai kozo paper on the wet ink
drawing a figure
pressing the background with a spoon for solid coverage & texture
pulling the monotype from the wet ink
trace monotype made from leftover ink = new art & less ink to clean up. 🙂

Art Quote
In the art of literature there are two contending parties. Those who aim to tell stories that are more or less well thought out, and those who aim at beautiful language, beauty of form. This contest may last a very long time; each side has a fifty-fifty chance. Only the poet can rightfully demand that verse be beautiful and nothing but.
Paul Gauguin 1848-1903

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5 Responses to Trace Monotype: Portrait of an adolescent boy

  1. Rozizart 11/11/2014 at 9:23 am #

    I will look forward to viewing the video. Thanks for your generosity.

  2. Belinda Del Pesco 10/11/2014 at 5:17 pm #

    Hi @sonia! Thanks for the feedback… I’ll be making a trace monotype video next week. 🙂

  3. Sonia 08/11/2014 at 12:16 pm #

    I get the idea, but always enjoy your videos, so “Yes Please”.

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