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Blending into the Circus 6×6 Gelli Print Monotype with watercolor & colored pencil The last time I posted about using gelli monotypes as a background for mixed media, I had an idea in mind when I started the portrait. This time, I let the patterns and shapes in the print suggest the subject, and the …

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Trace Monotype Printmaking Methods In this monotype print demo, I demonstrated techniques for a drawing transfer monotype made with more tone, and less line. This trace monotype (above) was made with more line and less tone too. The benefit to this approach is that it leaves plenty of printmaking paper exposed so you can add …

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Making a Trace Monotype without a Press Yesterday, I printed a small collagraph edition with a taupe gray mixed with Akua intaglio inks. I had a dollop of ink left (see first photo below), and that inspired an urge to make a trace monotype. (Also known as a Drawing Transfer Monotype.) My work table is …

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Shorty & Scooter 6×4 Monotype Ghost print with Watercolor (sold) Would you like an instructional book on painting illustrative watercolor? See this post for give-away details. Watercolor artist Mary Whyte published a beautiful book about painting portraits and the figure in watercolor four years ago, titled Working South, and just before the show associated with …

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Agua Dulce Wine – Monotype & Watercolor (sold) It’s been a monotype marathon in my studio this week, and I’m almost finished with a new video for my channel – demonstrating the process to make a dark field portrait monotype, with colored pencil. I’ll post it early next week, as it was a commission, to …

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Back Yard Vacation 4×6 dark field Monotype with colored pencil Back Yard Vacation was created using the same process as the last post (see images below). The reference photo was taken at a friend’s house in San Diego. They have a lovely pool surrounded by palms, geraniums and a privacy hedge. It’s the perfect just-off-the-kitchen …

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German Conversations 6×9 Monotype with colored pencil  A monotype is a very painterly printmaking method, and it doesn’t require any harsh chemicals, so it’s perfect for experimenting in a home studio (read: kitchen, dining room, back porch, closet, etc.). I’ve got a video tutorial in the works on the process to make a dark field …

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This art is available in my Etsy shop. I love the half-tone pattern (see below, before I painted it) of this style of monotype. Some folks call it a trace monotype, and others call it a line monotype. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, I found a speedy two minute demo on youtube if you’d …

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Santa Barbara Harbor Surfers 8.5×10.5 Monotype with watercolor and colored pencil Available in my Etsy shop. This loose, impressionistic monotype was painted and pulled during the same art marathon as this one. Art-making speed sessions in the studio with a good audio book, a cup of tea, and plenty of pigments, paper and reference photos …

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Inspired by Great Artists In a previous post about working in light, tonal values after looking at the work of Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938). I really love his figurative work.  I’m influenced just as much by the boldly colored, masterfully illustrated work of Jessie Wilcox Smith (1863-1935) (see an example below). That’s where the piece above got it’s high contrast, …

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Santa Monica Pier 6.5 x 4.5 Monotype with Watercolor   Sold My family knows that I’m not much of an amusement park enthusiast. Sure, I go to theme parks, but I’m usually there to participate socially, and observe the colorful swath of humantity with all my badge-holding, jittery-to-be-there amusement-park-devotee friends & family.  Despite my luke-warm affection …

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Book Lover 4.5 x 6.5 Monotype with Colored Pencil Sold I’m almost all unpacked, and put away after the Thousand Oaks Artwalk last weekend. It was *hot* , but folks braved the high temperatures and came out to the show.   I ate a lot of watermelon, got a sunburn, sold art, had lovely visits from …

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Chapel Fountain 4×6 Monotype with Watercolor (Sold) Up at the San Luis Obispo Mission de Tolosa, there is a sweet little garden just off to the right of the main entrance. An old fountain flutters with birds, and an assortment of rose bushes invite you to take a seat on a bench, be surrounded by early California …

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The Beauty of Ghost Prints When I made a monotype of this portrait in 2006, I had enough ink on the zinc plate to pull three ghost prints, which is unusual with monotypes (for me). There’s nothing incised on the plate with this form of printmaking. You’re simply pushing pigment around (in this case, black, oil …

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Retired Racer 4×6 Monotype with Watercolor SoldHere is a little note, sent to my mailing list to wish everyone a festive holiday season, and also, to send an enthused & heartfelt thank you for all the support – in person and digitally this year. I really value my blog friendships.  You know, all you folks …

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An Introduction to Monotype Printmaking I was introduced to monotype printmaking in 2005. I took a summer class offered by master printmaker James Lorigan at College of the Canyons in Valencia, California. Having only made woodcuts, I loved the method right away for its painterly results. The moment I rolled dark ink on a plate, …

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Kitchen Counter Sun Dial 18×24 Monotype & Pastel Sold This is the last piece prepared for my Two-Person exhibit at Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena, CA with my lovely, good friend Laura Wambsgans.  Between us, we’ve got 40 pieces of original art, displayed all over the restaurant, and it looks fantastic. If you’re in the area, …

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Winter Geraniums 18×24 Monotype with Pastel on Rives BFK paper Back in the 70’s, as soon as the leaves began to turn, my grandparents drove from New England to Florida to escape the pending cold that might strain my grandfather’s partially removed lung. My grandmother shuffled all her pots of geraniums into their sunporch, and …

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My First Monotype Print I think this might be the first or second monotype I ever did – in 2005. Hard to believe my love affair with this versatile method of painterly printmaking has continued for this long. I think I love it more now than I did before. Each additional year I experiment with …

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First Cup 8.5×7 Monotype with watercolor on Arches Hot Press watercolor paper Process shots start at the bottom of this post Available on Etsy. If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, and you find early morning a little challenging, you’ll understand her daydream face and the way she’s cradling that first cup of coffee of …

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Winter Refuge 8×10 Monotype with colored pencil Sold Process images begin at the bottom of this post This was an anniversary gift from husband to wife. While describing the art he wanted to present to his beloved, my client referred to his wife as extra special and he said that she loves to read and …

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 Dry Dock Huddle 8.5 x 7 Monotype on Arches Cover paperAvailable on Etsy. Pulling the monotype from the mylar plate, supported underneath by a sheet of matboard cut to the same size as the mylar.   My reference photo on the left is a little grainy and over-exposed, but there’s enough information to draw the …

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Last Roses of the Season 8.5 x 7 Monotype on Arches Cover paper Available on Etsy.    Sold Making a Light Field Monotype With Watercolor Fall is here in the California desert, with squinty-bright light, cool mornings and scattered leaves. The very last roses in my garden are wind-blown and crumpled, but I’ve been bringing them …

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Not Camera Shy 6.6 x 5.5 Watercolor Monotype Portrait Available on Etsy. I was talking with an incredible artist friend of mine – Priscilla Treacy – about supports for monotypes, and she suggested frosted mylar – also known as Drafting Film – as a printmaking plate.  Slide a piece of matboard underneath the Mylar while …

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On the Cusp of the Next Chapter 9×7 Monotype with colored pencil Available on Etsy (Process shots begin at the bottom of this post.)   With my reference photo (an iphone snapshot of one of my nieces, taken with the instamatic filter) nearby, I’m using colored pencils to refine the young girl’s features, and I’m …

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Painting Monotype Prints with Watercolors or Colored Pencils If you have an urge to make a print, but you don’t have a press, or any carving tools, this might be just the form of printmaking for you. Monotypes are simple, single or multicolor, hand transferred or press transferred, singular (no multiples or edition printing), painterly …

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