Using Other Media on Your Monotypes
This monotype ghost print looked a little dubious all by itself (see below), but it had potential. The mark-making still visible in the thin veil of ink was interesting, but the tonal variations were too close together, and it needed more contrast to read as two embracing figures. Other Art Supplies to the rescue!
If You’re New to Printmaking
If you’re unfamiliar with monotype printmaking, or what a ghost print is, here is a playlist of tutorial and demonstration videos you can peek at to see the process in my studio. If you want to make one, there’s a list of supplies underneath each video in the Show More link on my YouTube channel. If you’re all together new to printmaking, here is a video by the Khan Academy that gives a very brief overview of the four basic printmaking methods. Keep in mind that within those four methods, there are amazingly wide and adventurous variations on each approach that have lead to hundreds of books dedicated to the possibilities within each form of printmaking. The art of printmaking is an extraordinarily creative process, with a lot of room for creative experimentation and meandering.
Adding Other Media to Your Prints
Using other media on your prints to add color, or repair less-than-stellar results is an excellent workaround, and it’s also full of lessons. You see what the print needed (or vice versa) as you adjust values, fill in areas left blank, or lighten areas that would have shown a bit better if they’d been cut away. Before you begin an adventure to alter your print, be sure to know what you’re about to add media to. Does the ink re-wet when you add wet media? Will your paper ripple badly after being moistened with a wet brush? And does the paper have sizing, so your watercolor won’t bleed in all directions like you painted on a paper towel?
Check your ink and paper label details, or search for those answers online before you begin. If you know your ink will re-wet, and you’ve used unsized paper, it’s best to stick with dry media like colored pencil or pastel on your print.
Thanks for stopping by today, and I’ll see you in the next post!
P.S. Thanks to everyone who notified me that the first delivery of this post was broken. I really appreciate that you’re watching out for me. XO
P.P.S. On the subject of supplies, it’s important that your studio wipes don’t shed lint particles because it sticks to your brayers and ink surfaces during clean up. The only paper towels I use in my studio are “select-a-size” Bounty because they don’t shed. I learned this from a Master Printmaker, and it’s one of those little gems I’m grateful for.I hope it’s helpful to you too!
Mrs. Sargent (John Singer Sargent’s mother) dragged the children from church to museum, from palace to garden, and back again; she looked, she pointed, she stared, she talked, she sketched. It was perpetual motion, and it was a manifestation of boundless curiosity.Stanley Olman