Petite Monotype Transfer Drawings
While making a video course, new artwork is created to demonstrate the process so you can see all the steps. This monotype transfer drawing portrait of a sleeping child was a test print for a course on Monotype Printmaking being filmed and edited in my studio this spring. (If you’re interested in a notification when the course is launched, you can sign up here.)
If you’re unfamiliar with transfer drawing monotypes, there are process photos below. There is also a great little video from the Art Institute of Chicago demonstrating Gauguin’s process for these prints.
The course footage for the tiny print above (and two others) was lost when my camera battery died. 🤦🏻♀️ Still shots taken with my cell phone will have to do for this post. Filming art process when you’re a painter and not a film maker can be a bit of a cactus patch. But I’m working on it.
You can peruse the archive on this site to see more examples of monotype transfer drawings here and here. And the basics for how to make a dark field monotype with no press are here.
If you know of some inspiring or informative transfer drawing or monotype resources online, please share the links in the comments. Folks call this form of printmaking monotype, monoprint, monoprinting, trace monotype and transfer drawing print, etc., so the variation in nomenclature disperses the resources far and wide. And that doesn’t include all the foreign language terms associated with the process. Let’s help each other find the good stuff so we can collectively add details about this fun process to our art studio practices.
Thanks for stopping by today, and I’ll see you in the next post!
P.S. If you use Instagram to share your work or process online, Tailwind published a nice review of their top five recommended photo editing apps to use on your images here.
Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be betterRose Milligan
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.
Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.