Spontaneous Monotype Still Life Print
I’m in the midst of filming, editing, and narrating a video class on monotype printmaking. It’s complex work, and not in my creative wheelhouse. One of the best ways to shake off the monitor and keyboard is a spontaneous monotype. That’s how this one arrived.
Fixing a Monotype Print – While You’re Still Making One
Do you get frustrated when making dark field monotype prints? The removal of ink (carving the light into the dark field) is magical and fun… until you realize the shape you just made is wonky!
Or, maybe you meant the section you just cleared completely to be a half tone of mid-range value? Edges are too hard? Eyes look a bit crooked? That arm is wayyy too long…. Sound familiar?
If you’ve already put time and effort into your monotype design, maybe you hesitate to wipe the plate clean and start over? The video below is a super speedy demo of mid-creation repairs for a dark field monotype.
You can do this to one little section of the plate, or the whole plate entirely. I hope this helps you lighten the grip on your tools while making the plate, and bumps your elbow into taking a deep breath to relax and enjoy the process.
Dark Field Monotype without a Press
My camera was already set up to film segments for the monotype course I’m building, so I collected footage of this speedy monotype repair job (see below).
If you’re looking for a comprehensive introduction to dark field monotype printmaking without a press, sign up to be notified (here) when the class is posted over with my other video classes at BelindaTips.com.
Adding Colored Pencil to Monotype Prints
Monotype prints – especially those that missed the mark on values, or their faint cousins, monotype ghost prints – are *perfect* for colored pencil fun.
This monotype was quick, and the paper’s sizing had deteriorated (more on paper sizing going all wrong in this post), so the print needed a little something-something. Enter colored pencil!
Dark Field Monotype Print Supplies Used in This Video
Squeezing Things In
I hope you’re squeezing spontaneous sketches or doodles into your busy life too.
Big chunks of non-art-making time feels like a boat drifting out to sea, away from the island shore we crave. We’re being called by the palm trees, white sand and cushy lounge chairs all set up with paints and paper and brushes.
Editing video feels like that sometimes, and I crave more art. Stolen moments in the middle of other projects, and evening couch time with my tote bag of art supplies saves me. I hope you’re inserting the same creative opportunities into your busy days.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you in the next post!
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.Marie Curie