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9 Things to Give up for Your Art – and a Light Field Monotype with Watercolor

Furry Blessings 7.25 x 9 Light Field Monotype with watercolor (sold) Procrastination Steals Art-Time Here is a list of share worthy articles to help set your upcoming art plans into action, written boldly, and then pinned prominently in your work space. Do you make art plans for yourself, and then procrastinate till you run out of time? And then you toss the goal in the Maybe Later bin? This article outlines methods to tackle procrastination by understanding what that stall & delay is made of. If we unfold and examine the paper fan blocking the view of our own goals, we might be …[Continue reading]

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Resources for Printing a Reduction Woodcut

Carnelian 4 x 4 inch relief printmaking woodcut (available here) Two Color Reduction Printmaking Here is a small, relief printmaking woodcut portrait of a girl with red hair, looking down as she gets ready for her day. She was carved and printed using the reduction method with two colors of ink, from shina plywood, and then enhanced with watercolor washes and colored pencil. This is how she started… A loose pencil sketch on a block of Shina wood from McClain’s Printmaking Supplies In Praise of Wood Scraps Did you know you can buy a lunch bag of 20 small, assorted size shina plywood …[Continue reading]

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How to Use a Grid or Sight Size drawing for better accuracy – and a Watercolor Portrait

Lull 10×7 Watercolor on Plate Finish Bristol The Trifecta: Grid Method, Sight Size Drawing and Watercolor Glazing Artists have developed many tips and tricks to improve accuracy and results in art-making. For drawing under watercolors, I find the grid method and sight-size drawing both very beneficial. In painting – I love the gossamer affect and shape-control you get with watercolor glazing. If you’re unfamiliar with these methods, let’s talk about them a little with this watercolor portrait (above) as an example. Using Sight-Size and the Grid Method together: The reference photo and the drawing are the same size. The photo is folded into …[Continue reading]

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Resources for Making a Monotype from Plexiglass – with Watercolors and Water Soluble Crayons

Berlin Breakfast 7×10 Light Field Monotype (sold) Monotype Video Course I’ve been listening to podcast interviews with other artists while filming a dark field monotype course. Hearing other artists discuss their journey reminds me about what I didn’t know when I first started printmaking. It’s important to roll time back, and recall the minutiae of our own beginnings with any art process, if we want to teach it well. Don’t you think? I’m excited to start editing and narrating the clips, because this course will demystify some of the assumed requirements to making monotypes. The wall in my studio is covered with 6 …[Continue reading]

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Monotype Ghost Print of a Cat – and links to Monotype Artists

Dozing 6.5 x 3 Monotype Ghost with watercolor and colored pencil (sold) Inspiration from Other Artists Thank goodness monotype artists share their work online, or we wouldn’t have any painterly printmaking to look at from the comfort of our coziest researching-the-internet chairs. Every artist who ever clicked the publish button on a blog post or social media to share images of their work gets a grateful hat-tip from me. Sharing your art takes a certain amount of grit and courage, because everyone has an opinion. One person who adores your painting might be best friends with another who hates it. But as we’ve …[Continue reading]

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5 Tips to Get Past the Ugly Stage in Watercolor Painting

Cottage Kitchen 18.25 x 12.25 Watercolor on paper (Sold) Getting Past Ugly in Your Art Making art often stalls in the Ugly Tunnel. 🚙 On your pilgrimage to a finished watercolor, there’s a crossing in the journey where the pigments, composition and overall look of your work in process can get ugly. It’s important that you avoid stopping there. 🗺 It would be easy to walk away from the art at this stage, because none of it looks encouraging. This is especially true if you’re not sure how to paint through the discouraging scenery. Nevertheless, keep hiking. We wish each stage of a …[Continue reading]

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What’s the Difference Between Dark and Light Field Monotype Prints?

Countenance 10.5 x 8.25 Monotype with Colored Pencil on paper (sold) What is a Light Field Monotype? Monotypes are a hybrid between painting and printmaking. The name monotype has the root “mono” meaning one. Monotype printmaking results in a single image. These beautiful prints cannot be printed in quantity or an edition, like other, repeatable printmaking methods (woodcuts, etchings, etc.). Light Field Monotypes are painted or drawn with oil paint, printmaking ink, water-based paint, or other transferable media on the surface of a smooth, unetched plate. The ‘Light Field’ refers to a clean plate; you start with an open, unpainted, light field, and …[Continue reading]