Watercolor: Entry Window

Entry Window 12 x 6 Watercolor on Strathmore Aquarius II paperSoldPainted from a reference photo that I’ve been painting and sketching from for almost 10 years. There’s something about windows & sills that I’ve always loved. Work in process on the easel Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog



Watercolor: Tin Horse with Lilies

Tin Horse with Lilies 7.5 x 10.5 Watercolor on Bristol paperSold The sunlight at dawn sprays the best shadows in our house. This vase of lilies had just opened, and the star shaped white against all the abstract shadows in dark hues was too good to pass by. The little horse is wooden underneath, and covered with hammered tin and nails – just enough armor to challenge the sunrise. Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog




Monotype: San Juan Capistrano Bell

A glitch in my blog subscription was repaired this morning. Subscribers have missed the last 10-12 posts. (Darnitt.)If you want to scroll through them on one page, go here. This is a 4 x 6 zinc plate, rolled with Daniel Smith oil based black etching ink. In these shots, I’m wiping, scraping, smearing & pulling ink off the plate, based on a photo of the San Juan Capistrano Mission.This is the plate I referenced in yesterday’s post about trace monotypes. And below is the resulting monotype. I haven’t added color yet, but I’ll post it when I do. San Juan Capistrano Bell, 4 …[Continue reading]



Trace Monotype & Watercolor: Capistrano Mission Bell

This is a trace monotype of the San Juan Capistrano bell tower, from a photo taken inside the mission courtyard.Β The ink lines from the trace monotype are about the same value as pencil graphite, but they have a dotted quality to them from the tooth in the printmaking paper (Arches Cover), and I like the way they look around and underneath the watercolor pigments. See you in the next post! Belinda




Trace Monotype & Watercolor: All in Green

What is a Trace Monotype? Trace monotype is a form of printmaking based on drawing into a sheet of paper laid on an inked plate, 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, making a trace monotype doesn’t require a press, and there are a variety of ways to add other media to enhance a trace monotype with color. Trace Monotype Techniques Here are photos of one approach to this wonderful printmaking process: Step by Step Method …[Continue reading]



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]



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]


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