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Monotype Ghost Print Painted with Watercolor

My love-affair with monotypes continues with this floral still life, painted on a very faint ghost print.  I’m building a monotype workshop in my new online school – The new course will focus attention on making monotypes without a press. If you’re interested in taking a video course on monotypes, sign up here.

a monotype ghost print of two roses in a glass vase, painted with watercolors in shades of orange, olive green, turquoise and purple

Inspiring Monotype Art Links

Here are some links to artists making painterly monotypes, specifically with watercolor (as opposed to the traditional method using printmaking inks).

a monotype ghost print of 2 roses in a bud vase with a few sheer layers of watercolor added to the monotype
Using the ghost print as an “underpainting” to apply layers of watercolor to the print

What is a Monotype?

If you’re not familiar with monotype printmaking, here is an introduction to monotype prints post. And you can watch videos linked below as an introduction to the process. Grab a beverage and a notepad to collect your inspiration….

  • A quick little dark field monotype demo by Jim Flowers, also known as the Snake Artist from his work with reptiles and marsupials.
  • Watch this demo by the inventor of Akua inks, Susan Rostow, printing a colorful monotype.
  • Here’s a playlist on my youtube channel that demonstrates trace monotype and dark field monotype from my studio – both are fun and versatile approaches to this painterly printmaking method.

Have you ever made a monotype? Did you enjoy the process? Which method do you use?

two orange roses in a green bud vase against a windowsill on a tile counter
Solar Flare 6×4 Monotype Ghost Print with Watercolor (Available here)

How to Title Your Art

How to Title Your Art

Here’s a brand new video course on titling your art. If you’re interested in naming your art with a bit more imagination than standard subject titles (Example: titling a painting of a red barn “The Red Barn”), the three systems I’ll teach you are just the ticket! Click the leaf above to watch the introduction video. (Psssst: use the coupon code LETSGETSTARTED for $6 off till Sunday, March 25th.)

dark field monotype of a church in process on a zinc plate
Removing ink from a smooth plate to make a monotype print of the Westfield Congregational Church in Danielson, Connecticut.

Happy Spring

I hope you’re celebrating the arrival of Spring with doodling, sketching, coloring, dabbling in paints, experimenting with media unfamiliar to you, sharing tips with fellow artists, taking workshops and online art classes, attending art festivals, reading art history and marinating your week with strong sips of all-things-art. 

Thanks for hanging out with me today, and I’ll see you in the next post!


Art Quote

Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as hard duty. Never regard study as duty but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.

Albert Einstein

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2 thoughts on “Painting a Monotype Ghost Print with Watercolor”

  1. Maravilloso tu nuevo post…esta vez más que por tu arte por tu solidaridad con los enfermos de esa terrible enfermedad…Muchas gracias.

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