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Color Monotype – California Incline, and Making Quick Monotype Studies from a page of Thumbnail Photos to Loosen Up

California Incline 8.5×10.5 Monotype with colored pencil Printmaking Play Date Here is a printmaking exercise for you. Print two sheets of thumbnails from paintable images snapped on your phone. Let’s make some light field color monotypes, but loose and fluid… no fussing allowed. If you don’t already have a folder of compulsively harvested art reference photos on your computer, walk around the house and snap some, or go for a walk, and collect some simple, visual magic. Some of the “drive-by” landscape thumbnails I’ve snapped from the passenger seat, printed as inspirational reference for a monotype marathon loosen up exercise. Artist Reference Photos …[Continue reading]

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Monotype Ghost Print – Italian Vacation and Art Links for You

Italian Vacation 4.75 x 4.5 Monotype Ghost Print with Watercolor and Colored Pencil (sold) Inspiring Art Links for You Marc Taro Holmes is embarking on a 30×30 challenge that’s a variation on the usual month-long painting commitment. He’s made 30 small monochrome studies using digital software (see them here) and he’s going to paint one per day for 3o days in the studio with no reference photos or live landscape views. There’s more to it. Check out his post here. If you’re on the west coast of the United States, do you know about the California Society of Printmakers? They host an artist …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Climb Back In

Climb Back In 4×6 Monotype Ghost Print with watercolor and Colored Pencil (available here) Monotype Ghost Prints If you’re new here, and unfamiliar with monotypes as a printmaking method, take a look at this post to see process shots.  Monotypes are very painterly prints, made with pigment alone (no incised lines on the plate) and they can be made in a huge variety of ways, with no press, and all sorts of media. Here is a six tutorial video playlist of monotype demonstrations for your perusal. You can also join this monotype group on Facebook to harvest examples, tips and encouragement. This is …[Continue reading]

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Monotype Ghost Print: Central California Farmland

Central California Farmland 7 x 8 Monotype Ghost w/ Watercolor (sold) The Beauty of Monotype Ghost Prints The monotype ghost print that became the art above waited in my flat files for months before I pinned it up, and had a good long stare at its possibilities.  (If you haven’t heard about monotype printmaking yet, visit this post and this one to see video tutorials, and process photos. You’ll be ready to make a monotype at the kitchen table in 20 minutes!) Now, where was I?… Oh yes – I was staring at possibilities. The beauty of monotype ghost prints is that you …[Continue reading]

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Figurative Monotype – Jantzen Topper and Being a Gifted Natural vs a Determined Student

A Gifted Natural – or a Determined Student I attended a piano recital my grandkids played in last night. The performers ranged in age from about 5 to 14. The performers’ skills demonstrated everything from super beginner, first recital, barely able to reach the pedals and eek out Jingle Bells, all the way up to a classical piece played from memory with no sheet music. Praise for Effort Alone The range of proficiency, and the growth I’ve witnessed in the skills of the kids over the past few years struck me on a couple of  levels. Some of them are so young, they …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Start Here and Paying Attention in Art

Resurrected Art This little still life monotype ghost print was pulled from the stash I keep in a box in my studio. It’s nice to have a trove of art that’s started, but not finished, especially in the evenings when time is bracketed between dinner and bedtime.  Working on art that’s already laid-out pulls the finish line a little closer to you. Drifting off to sleep knowing you just completed a little art-making is a good path, even if you started the piece thirteen years ago. 🙂 Better than Planned I’ve been making monotypes since 2005 when I took a printmaking course to …[Continue reading]

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Monotype Printmaking – Learning to Love Books, and a monotype video from MOMA

Making Art in Public Places For a few years, I exhibited watercolors and printmaking for a month at a time at Descanso Gardens in La Canada, California. Plant aficionados, trail hikers, botanists, beekeepers, school bus field trips and runners frequent the camellia forest there. I liked working on watercolors and printmaking in the gallery, because the gardens are incredibly quiet (the word descanso translates to a place of rest), the grounds are beautiful and it gave me an opportunity to discuss art making process with visitors. A Primer on Monotype Many of the folks I met at the gardens had a pleasantly vague …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Gold Mining and Tips for Making Art after Moving

How Does Moving Affect Your Art? In a recent newsletter (you can read it here), I described an impromptu art-making party in the temporary home of a friend who lost her house and studio in the Thomas Fire. Four of us gathered around a folding banquet table with borrowed chairs and tote bags full of art supplies to cast a creative spell, and inaugurate the space that will be Didi’s art studio. Making Art in Unfamiliar Spaces How does one get back to art-making after the upheaval of a move? When the layout of the art room, and storage of supplies is opposite …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Solar Flare (and supporting research for a cure for Alzheimer’s)

Monotype Ghost Prints My love-affair with monotypes continues with this floral still life, painted on a very faint ghost print.  I’m considering a monotype workshop in my new online school – http://www.belindatips.com – with particular attention to making monotypes without a press. Would you be interested in such a thing? Inspiring Monotype Art Here are some links to artists making painterly monotypes, specifically with watercolor (as opposed to the traditional, oil based printmaking inks). A few beauties by Edgar Degas, Paul Dougherty and Maurice Prendergast at the Cleveland Museum. Debra LePage’s watercolor monotypes, printed from yupo paper Heidi Fourie’s soft, tonal portraits in watercolor …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Untethered Cultivar, inspired by John Everett Millais’ Ophelia

How do you make a monotype? Monotypes are a very painterly form of printmaking. There’s no carving into the plate, no materials glued to the plate, and nothing applied to the plate’s smooth surface, beyond pigment. Inks can be rolled on the plate for full coverage with a brayer, and then removed with q-tips and scrapers to create an image in a subtractive process. This is called a dark field monotype, since you’re starting with a completely covered (or dark) plate. Dark Field vs Light Field You can also paint your image on the plate in a direct, additive manner, which is called …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Keyhole to Springtime (& finishing what you started)

Staggered Beginnings I started this monotype in my previous studio about three years ago.  Yep, that’s a thousand days, people. I’m predictable in my art-making process; I get *so* excited to start! The early stages of making put me in a fevered flow state.  While happily playing with color and shape, I don’t feel hunger, fatigue, or distraction. I’m a comic book superhero art-making machine. And then, I stall. After all the excited beginnings, I eventually get to a place where I have to make big decisions that will either kill or strengthen the art. I’ve written about the trouble with Pride and Ego in art making, and I …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Ophelia (& a survey of Printmaking inks)

I love the pre-raphaelite painters Millais, Hunt, Rosetti and Waterhouse. Their incredibly imaginative visual interpretations of Arthurian & Greek legends inspire scrutiny of narrative in paintings. Compositions are arranged like theatrical stage sets, with carefully placed evidence of the storyline rendered here and there, so you’re invited to lean close and look at details. What must it be like as a writer to see your words transformed by talented artists into faces, carriage and gestures on canvas? This monotype (above) from Hamlet’s Ophelia was pulled from the ink quickly, so it has a sketchy, painterly feel to it. I’ve added a light wash of watercolor, and …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Gentle Giant (Great Dane) printed from mylar drafting film

Available in my Etsy Shop. Sold The Beauty of Ghost Prints in Monotype This ghost print (below) was very faint (below) compared to the bolder textures and contrast I got from the original monotype (see that in the process shots at the bottom of this post), but it was still enough shape to suggest a big dog with a dane’s profile, so I added watercolor and let the pigments mingle without too much noodling. Here’s a Tip Trim a sheet of mat board the same size as the drafting film and slide it under your monotype. It helps to raise the surface of the …[Continue reading]

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Light Field Monotype: Last Roses of the Season

Last Roses of the Season 8.5 x 7 Monotype on Arches Cover paper Available on Etsy.    Sold Making a Light Field Monotype in Late Summer 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 inside just the same, to collect their breathy, floral scents, and stand them up in a small ceramic pitcher my great grandmother made. Sharing Tips from other Artists’ Studios I mentioned in my last post that my amazmo-artist friend Priscilla Treacy suggested that I’d get more pigment …[Continue reading]