I’ve been writing about and filming trace monotypes, so here’s another one (above) from my archives. The process is simple and the mark-making is lovely. Here’s a little #linklove featuring a variety of printmakers’ videos on the subject:
• This is a nice, clear step by step intro to the trace monotype process by School of Yule.
• And this one, by a channel called Crafty Birdie is simple, and the end result is adorable.
• Here’s a trace monotype drawing of a hampster, done loose and sketchy. (Don’t you need to make a portrait of your pet?)
• Not trace monotype, but here’s a bonus: Bridget Farmer does beautiful linocuts of birds as stand alone prints, and as hand-printed bamboo wood mobiles. You can watch examples on her channel, and see one of the most recent magpie project videos at the bottom of this post.
An artist asked me recently why I bother to write a blog. I spilled an avalanche of reasons, but on the fly, my answer wasn’t very organized and I’m afraid I wasn’t as articulate (read: convincing) as I would have liked. Later, I searched the net for an article to nudge my brain into neater categories on the subject, and this one by Hubspot covered a wide swath of very practical reasons for blogging as part of your business. Have a look. As an artisan, do you blog? Do you find it beneficial to your business, or your practice as a maker in your studio? What about socially? Or as an exercise in expressing yourself?
Video by Printmaker Bridget Farmer showing how she hand-prints her bamboo Magpie mobile with linocut
In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.