Making a Color Monotype
I’ve just published a tutorial video (you can see it below) showing the process to make a full color monotype on a sheet of mylar (also known as drafting film) on your desk – no press required. I hope the tutorial video inspires you to give monotypes a try. It’s number four in a series (you can watch them here) on various ways to print a monotype without a press. I’ve used water-soluble printmaking inks in this one, mixed on another sheet of mylar used as a palette. The printmaking paper was kozo (mulberry) and there are instructions described in the narration of the video to use watercolor instead of printmaking ink. Since the saturation on the resulting print was a little light for my tastes, I enhanced the drop shadows, tints and plate colors with colored pencils the next evening to get the result above.
Slay Your Discouragement
In printmaking – like all art forms – you can get very frustrated when your prints don’t turn out the way you wanted. All it takes is the wrong inks, or not enough pressure between plate and paper, or paper with a little too much texture – and voila! – your color monotype plans can be dashed to the rocks. I’ve climbed that hill of failed prints, and the next video on my youtube channel will be about just that: which papers to avoid when printing a color monotype at home without a press, and when a print falls short of your vision, what should you do with it? Stay tuned for some of my most epic examples of failure in the art studio. (You can subscribe to the youtube channel here so you won’t miss any upcoming tutorials.)
Printmaking Tutorials on YouTube
The video above is a beginner level tutorial showing how to make a color-field monotype, with no press, using a sheet of Dura-Lar as a plate, and mulberry paper with water-based printmaking inks. If you don’t have a palette to mix your ink colors, use a second sheet of the Dura-lar. If you make a monotype, please share a link where we can see it in the comments.
If you have any questions about the process, please leave them in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer them quickly! Happy art-making!
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you in the next post!
P.S. Here is a monotype board I’ve been curating on Pinterest for inspiration.
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Link to the playlist of Monotype Tutorials:
Here is my Etsy Shop with prints and watercolors:
Monotype Printmaking Supply List
Check the links below for supplies used in this video so you can experiment with this fun printmaking method too. (Note: some of the links below are affiliates, which means I’ll get a teeny commission if you make a purchase, though it costs nothing extra to you. Thanks for supporting my studio experiments so I can share them with you here.)
wood stir sticks for ink mixing
newsprint to slide under your printmaking area to protect table surface
Dura-Lar 9×12 pad of 25 sheets
g-tip low-lint cotton swabs
Fine Mist Spray Bottle
to moisten your paper if the inks have started to thicken or dry
4 inch soft rubber brayer
rubber tipped wipe-out tools
drawing bridge, so you can rest your hand while painting, without dipping it into the ink
clothes pins for hanging/drying art
Prismacolor Premiere Soft Core Colored Pencils
Brown Handle Synthetic Craft Brush
japanese kozo paper
Non-residue masking tape
The Painterly Print
Monotype: Mediums and Methods
Through all the world there goes one long cry from the heart of the artist: Give me leave to do my utmost.