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Italian Vacation 4.75 x 4.5 Monotype Ghost Print with Watercolor and Colored Pencil (sold)

Inspiring Art Links for You

  • Marc Taro Holmes is embarking on a 30×30 challenge that’s a variation on the usual month-long painting commitment. He’s made 30 small monochrome studies using digital software (see them here) and he’s going to paint one per day for 3o days in the studio with no reference photos or live landscape views. There’s more to it. Check out his post here.
  • If you’re on the west coast of the United States, do you know about the California Society of Printmakers? They host an artist residency, and member exhibitions, and they publish a journal. Check out their website here, and be sure to peruse their links to member printmakers here. (Note: I’m a bit surprised by how many of the artists members don’t have websites to see more of their work beyond the thumbnail.)
  • Clara Lieu is a Rhode Island School of Design Adjunct Professor of art, and she has a seventeen minute video on monotype printmaking using a light table and a large gelli plate (no press). You can watch the video here.
  • Artist and author Danny Gregory will be hosting a free live webinar on his Sketchbook Skool channel to discuss creative block, cross hatching, drawing, and answers to audience questions Thursday at noon (Pacific Time). You can sign up to catch that here. If you miss the live event, they are all posted in an archive to watch later in this playlist.

Dark Field Monotype Process Photos

In case you’re new around here, I’ve posted some dark field monotype and monotype ghost print process photos below. These were printed on a press, but you can transfer the ink by hand using a spoon or a baren. Here is a list of tutorial videos if you’d like to watch demos on the variations you can get with this painterly and versatile form of printmaking. If you have questions, you’re welcome to leave them in the comments. I’ll get back to you as soon as I read them.

dark field monotype
Dark Field Monotype; pulling ink from the plate in a subtractive, painterly process
Laying the teeny plate on the press bed, ready to print
pulling a monotype print

Pulling the monotype print, after going through the press with a sheet of soaked and blotted printmaking paper on top of the wet ink. (P.S. There’s a friendly monotype group on Facebook. You’re welcome to join that here.)
monotype vs a ghost print
The monotype, freshly pulled, next to the plate.  Since there is still a fair bit of ink
on the plate, there’s an opportunity for a monotype ghost print!
monotype ghost print
After a second trip through the press with a fresh sheet of soaked and blotted printmaking paper, I’ve got a ghost print! They’re called ghost prints because they’re always light and transparent.
painting a monotype ghost print
Adding transparent glazes of watercolor to the ghost print after the ink dried
Soft veils of watercolor on top of the ink, and now we’re ready for colored pencil…
Italian Vacation, all colorful and finished

Temporarily Brief

It’s been a rough week with migraines over here, so not much to write. Just that I hope you are gearing up for summer artmaking outside, in the garden, with friends, or just sitting in a sunny spot in your home, looking out the window with a sketchpad in your lap.

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you in the next post –


Click the flower, and make a date to get back into your creative expression.

Art Quote

Rest assured that if you work every day at your art, using the materials nearest at hand, you will gradually discover such beauty in them that they will fill you with happiness. And if you paint these things with the deep understanding that comes of constant association, you will be an artist. 

John E. Carlson
Dark Field Monotypes offer a whole world of exploration with other media. I hope you make one soon!

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3 thoughts on “Monotype Ghost Print – Italian Vacation and Art Links for You”

  1. Hope you are feeling better and the migraines are gone! So appreciate all your posts and writings & videos! ❤️❤️?

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