15
Feb

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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]

14
Feb

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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

16
Dec

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 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]

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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