13
Dec

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Trace Monotype & Watercolor: All in Green

What is a Trace Monotype? Trace monotype is a form of printmaking based on drawing, rather than carving (as in woodcuts or engraving). It’s a very accessible printmaking method because even if you don’t draw well, you can simply trace your lines, as the title implies. As a bonus, it doesn’t require many tools, or a press, and there are a variety of ways to create a trace monotype. Here are photos of one approach to this wonderful printmaking process: Step by Step for a Trace Monotype After rolling printmaking ink evenly with a brayer on a smooth plate (you can use metal, …[Continue reading]

22
Nov

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Collagraph & Watercolor: Morocco

Morocco, 4.7 x 6.8 Collograph & WatercolorAvailable on Ebay.Using kid-grade construction paper, matboard & gloss medium varnish to build the plate.After coating the plate with a thin layer of oil based etching ink (Daniel Smith), I’ve wiped most of the ink off with tarlatan cloth. Master printmaker Jim Lorigan shared this tip: after wiping the plate with the tarlatan, wrap the cloth with one sheet of thin newsprint or a phone book page to create a baren. It works great for buffing textures on the flat planes of the plate.Pulling the first print off the plate after going through the press.The print next …[Continue reading]

21
Nov

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Collagraph & Watercolor: Couch Napping

What’s a Collagraph? Collagraphs are made by assembling a collage on a substrate, inking the surface, and printing from the inked & wiped face of something akin to a collage. This one was built from construction paper glued to matboard with Gloss Medium Varnish.   Basic Materials The collagraph is sealed front & back with more medium varnish and left to dry for a few hours. Black etching ink is applied to the surface, and then wiped off, intaglio-style. Some ink remains on the flat areas of the collagraph plate, while more ink sits against the curbs, and in the grooves between the …[Continue reading]

20
Sep

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Study for Albanian Apartment Building: Watercolor

This is a study for a larger painting. I love the geometric shapes and colors in the reference photo – taken by my daughter. It reminds me of a stack of children’s alphabet blocks, teetering towards the blue sky. (sold) The topic for Illustration Friday on March 9, 2007 is Wired. Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog

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