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 – https://www.belindatips.com. 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.
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 few beauties by Edgar Degas, Paul Dougherty and Maurice Prendergast at the Cleveland Museum.
- Debra LePage’s watercolor monotypes, printed from yupo paper
- Heidi Fourie’s soft, tonal portraits in watercolor monotype make me want to paint more family photos.
- Here’s a sensitive single-color portrait by Diane Victor in watercolor monotype
- A ghostly, soft watercolor monotype of a Tahitian landscape by Paul Gauguin
- Specialist Tim Schmelcher tells of the moment (watch the video here) he set eyes on a previously unrecorded Gauguin monotype, and the secret he found inside the frame
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?
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.)
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!
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