Procrastination Steals Art-Time
Here is a list of share worthy articles to help set your upcoming art plans into action, written boldly, and then pinned prominently in your work space.
- Do you make art plans for yourself, and then procrastinate till you run out of time? And then you toss the goal in the Maybe Later bin? This article outlines methods to tackle procrastination by understanding what that stall & delay is made of. If we unfold and examine the paper fan blocking the view of our own goals, we might be able to smooth the paper folds enough to re-write the plan, and follow through.
When we procrastinate and put in less effort, we’re doing it as a form of self-protection, according to Voge. That way, if we earn a bad result, it doesn’t mean we’re not talented, able or worthy; we were just too busy or distracted to do our best.Daryl Chen
Nine Things to Give up for your Art
- This piece lists nine things you should give up in order to be a successful artist. Several artists I follow are cited in this article, and the message echoes the same struggles I’ve written about here many times.
Successful artists don’t frame things around “not enough.” There is never enough time, not enough money, not enough confidence, not enough of whatever it is at that moment to make or do what you need to do to be a successful artist.Artwork Archive
Monotype Printmaking Collections in American Art
- Antique and Fine Art magazine published an anniversary edition in 2015, featuring a detailed overview of monotypes made by historic artists like Degas, Prendergast, Cassatt and Merritt-Chase. It’s been digitized so you can see the monotypes, and read the article – American Monotypes in the Baker Pisano Collection – here.
Of all the print processes, monotype is the most spontaneous and simple. Its ability to capture a deft stroke of the artist’s hand gives it great appeal to the skilled sketcher, while its simplicity makes it an ideal platform for the sorts of experiments that have intrigued American artists.Andrew Stevens
Printmaking Ink and Printmaking Paper Relationships
Depending on the printmaking paper, some watercolor pigments can travel through a soaked & blotted paper, all the way to the back of the paper.
When the pigments disperse into the fibers of the paper – it can result in a fuzzy edges, and a dull finish, with less saturation and vibrancy in the color on your print.
Your matchmaking between choice of paper and choice of pigments has an enormous effect on your monotype print. (<– Click the link to read more about that.)
Water Soluble Wax Crayon Options
I’ve experimented often with a variety of water soluble wax and oil crayons to pull light field monotypes from plexiglass plates.
For hand-transfer – without a press – these pigments don’t work as well to print from metal, drafting film or gelli plates, because they stick to the plate and resist transferring cleanly to the paper.
Plexiglass works best fpr light field monotypes. In the case of the gelli plate, the crayons are too hard, and they mar the surface of the gelatin.
I’ve watched printmakers lay metal printmaking plates on a food warmer, or a griddle, to heat them in order to draw on a hot surface with water soluble wax crayons, or oil pastels. Printmakers print the melted wax imagery before the plate cools, while the wax is still molten.
This can be done – and some of the prints are stunning – but it’s crucial to have excellent ventilation. #nastyheadache
New water soluble crayons now come in metallics, or opalescents, and they print beautifully on black paper too.
With Arches 88 paper, all you need is a fine mist spritz, and a paper towel blot before printing, and most of the crayons transfer beautifully.
With a metal spoon – you can transfer pigments from the plate to the paper at the kitchen table with all sorts of crayon-media.
I’m filming the second in a series of monotype courses now, and this light-field, color segment has been so fun! I cant wait to share it with you!
Monotype Print Supplies
Monotype printmaking options are endless, and very exciting.
Below, I’ve listed some of the water soluble wax and/or oil based pigments you can consider for your next monotype experiments. Get some Arches 88 paper, and gather a few artsy friends!
If you have a monotype party, share your results and let us know how it went.
Thanks for stopping by today, and I’ll see you in the next post!
P.S. Sign up here to be notified when my Monotype Printmaking Course series is released. The first video course is an introduction to Dark Field Monotype. The second is Light Field Monotype. All of them use hand transfer (no press).
P.P.S. Bluprint just released subscriptions for artists and crafters. You select a project based on their seasonal menu of curated offerings, and they send you a box with everything you need to make the project. And then you can log in to see video tutorials associated with your box o’ goodies. Additionally, you can watch/learn from anything else you’re curious about from their entire library. See more about it here.
It’s worth remembering that if someone knows how to do something, that means, with sufficient effort, you could probably learn it too.Seth Godin
You might not be willing to put in the time and effort, but it’s learnable.
“I went to art school. That means that everything I can do with a pen you can learn to do as well.” Alex Peck.