Trace Monotype – Hey, Wanna Split a Sandwich? – and Trace Monotype Methods

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Hey, Wanna Split a Sandwich? 5×7 Trace monotype with Watercolor (sold)

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. πŸ™‚

how to make a trace monotype

Drawing on the back of a sheet of paper against a plate rolled with wet printmaking ink

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.)

RABBITAT from Daniel Cojanu on Vimeo.

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. πŸ™‚

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Art Quote

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.

Alan Moore

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9 Responses to Trace Monotype – Hey, Wanna Split a Sandwich? – and Trace Monotype Methods

  1. Alice Jo Webb 11/15/2014 at 2:42 pm #

    The style of this piece really caught my eye. I particularly love the colors you used and the deep values. Very nice work!

  2. Belinda Del Pesco 11/14/2014 at 8:38 am #

    @nancy – thanks! I appreciate your encouragement. πŸ˜€

  3. Belinda Del Pesco 11/13/2014 at 8:22 am #

    @martinealison – Merci pour vos aimables paroles! Je vous envoie un peu de soleil de la Californie d’aujourd’hui!

  4. Belinda Del Pesco 11/13/2014 at 8:20 am #

    @jm robb – Thank you! I’m working on a series of video tutorials on monotype/monoprint, and I’ll be sure to include this particular method. πŸ™‚

  5. Belinda Del Pesco 11/13/2014 at 8:18 am #

    @andrew – thanks for your kind compliments! The model was a lively, festive companion for many years, so perhaps she inspired the colors. πŸ™‚

  6. Nancy Goldman 11/13/2014 at 7:16 am #

    This is beautiful Belinda. I love composition and your choice of colors is perfect.

  7. martinealison 11/11/2014 at 9:09 pm #


    J’aime le regard de ce chien… Très jolie peinture où l’harmonie des couleurs se marie agréablement.

    Gros bisous ☂ (il pleut chez moi aujourd’hui !)

  8. JM Robb 11/11/2014 at 11:19 am #

    I am in love with this greyhound! I am looking forward to your video!

  9. Andrew Stone 11/11/2014 at 10:41 am #

    This was a great drawing and as a monotype it came out great. Good colors, lively composition and nice graininess that the ink and paper add when they go through the press.
    Very “alive” and nicely done.
    (I’d have bought it too).

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