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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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Light Field Monotype: Monterey Retreat

What’s a Monotype? A few posts back – the one about printmaking ink I accidentally left on a monotype plate for several weeks – I got a flurry of questions about monotypes. So let’s review, shall we? Monotypes are a printmaking method that don’t require carving, engraving, acid or solvents, and depending on your approach and materials, you don’t need a press to print them. Images are simply painted onto a smooth plate, and while the pigments are still wet, the plate is pressed firmly against a sheet of paper. When the paper is pulled from the plate, the inks and paints have been …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Winter Geraniums (when art is inspired by family photos)

Do you Paint from Family Photos? The reference photo for the monotype above was snapped in the mid 1970’s, in my dad’s childhood home in rural Connecticut. My grandparents bought and renovated the house in 1944, after it had lived a full life as Old Meadowbrook Farm – a Country Inn and gladiola farm since the late 1800’s. If you’re unfamiliar with monotype printmaking, there are many posts on this blog featuring monotypes in process (click here to see a few posts).  You can also watch monotypes being made on my youtube channel. Gather your supplies and lets make something, shall we? This monotype, …[Continue reading]

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Drypoint Printmaking: Fervent (& small, affordable printmaking press alternatives)

Making Prints without a Press On my youtube channel, one of the most frequent comments left on printmaking tutorials is how to make art prints and printmaking without a press. A press is an expensive investment, and they’re heavy, with a large footprint that’ll take up quite a bit of floor space in a room.  There are also many to choose from, so it’s understandable that beginning printmakers are overwhelmed. Press Alternatives There are workarounds for some printmaking methods (relief/block prints), but not all of them. Hand transfer of drypoint engravings, etchings and intaglio style prints is a lot of work, fickle in nature, and it might …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Purple Barn (& organizing your studio)

There’s a lot of Fall harvesting going on here in California. The farms near my house are full of cage-box trucks heavy with green and yellow citrus, and the scent of fresh-cut produce is strong on the roads I frequent; onions, peppers, cabbage and herbs are all abundant and fragrant. As we approach the end of the year, this is a good time to take stock of your art-making habits, the state of your promotional activities, and where and how you’re making your work available. Is your studio organized and ready for you to get to work? Did you make the volume and the …[Continue reading]

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Trace Monotype: Balladeer (& museum-goers are asked what they see in art)

My grandparents met in a Connecticut textile mill as teenagers. They were not yet 20 when they married. He was from Canada and spoke only French, and she was from England, so communication was challenging in their early years. Right up to the end of their lives, they held hands, patted the empty seat next to them beckoning the other to come sit close, and they made each other laugh, especially while reminiscing. I loved visiting them, typing frantically on my lap top, to harvest everything they giggled when I asked “Where were you when you first kissed?” (In the back of a horse-drawn sleigh on a snowy Thanksgiving …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Waiting for Rain – how to make a monotype

A New Monotype Tutorial I’ve posted another monotype tutorial video on my youtube channel. This one is perfect if you don’t have a press, or a whole day to play with ink; a single color is rolled out directly on a table covered with a large sheet of plexiglass. If you don’t have plexiglass, you can roll your ink out on a glass shelf or a piece of glass from a photo frame, taped down to a table. The back of a paint brush handle is used to sketch shapes into the wet ink, and the art-making process is off and running from there. The …[Continue reading]

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Trace Monotype: Florence Winter (and a new monotype tutorial video)

Printmaking without a Press? The process for this trace monotype (above) was filmed for the second printmaking tutorial in a series of three posted on my youtube channel .  How about you grab some supplies, clear a seat at the kitchen table, and make one yourself? I’ve listed all the bots and bobs you’ll need with links to vendors under the video window in the “show more” section.  The set up is simple enough to arrange on a kitchen table, with friends, neighbors & kids jumping in! See more images below. 🙂 #printmakingparty What is a Trace Monotype? If you’re new to the …[Continue reading]

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Trace Monotype: All in Green (& LinkLove videos on printmaking)

I’ve been writing about and filming trace monotypes, so here’s another one (above) from my archives. The process is simple and the mark-making is lovely. Here’s a little #linklove featuring a variety of printmakers’ videos on the subject: • This is a nice, clear step by step intro to the trace monotype process by School of Yule. • And this one, by a channel called Crafty Birdie is simple, and the end result is adorable. • Here’s a trace monotype drawing of a hampster, done loose and sketchy. (Don’t you need to make a portrait of your pet?) • Not trace monotype, but here’s a bonus: Bridget Farmer …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Between Friends – and a video tutorial on Trace Monotype

Trace Monotype In the last post, I mentionedI was working on a new printmaking demo video of a trace monotype.  It’s published now, and I hope you find the method inspiring enough to try. After the printmaking ink was dry – you’ll see a sequence where I added layers of watercolor and pastel to the print.  My hope is that by demonstrating added layers of color,  you’ll be inspired to make one too. Even if You Can’t Draw Trace monotype is a great printmaking process, because this particular flavor (it varies) doesn’t require a press, or lots of tools (there is no carving whatsoever), and you can …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Santa Monica House (& fabric printing video)

There’s a wonderful little video (see below) about the details in creating Marimekko fabrics, and it follows the process from the concept drawing, to the fabric being printed in the factory, and ends with fabrics being used in the home.  I especially love that it starts with an artist doodling ink and dabbling watercolors in a sunny studio. Isn’t it a wonder, the potential we all have at our fingertips!? I’ve just uploaded a new trace monotype video on my youtube channel, and I’ll write more about that in the next post, but feel free to check it out of you’re looking for a encouragement to try …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Boatyard (& spring art festivals & #linklove)

I published a newsletter with dates for upcoming Spring art festivals that includes a coupon code for 20% off in my Etsy Shop, so be sure to check that out here. (If you’re not yet subscribed to get newsletters, you can sign up here.) Thanks for all the great feedback on the last post regarding artists being unkind to each other.  I’m grateful that it was received well, and the topic instigated conversation in the comments, via emails and on social media. I suspect we are all hardwired to be critical, but with practice, maybe we can evolve our first-tier reactions to be supportive instead. I’ve got a video …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Not Camera Shy (& monotype process videos)

  This little monotype was printed from a sheet of mylar (see process photo below). Water-soluble pencils were used to begin the portrait on mylar, and then watercolor was added just before printing. After the monotype print was dry, I added more watercolor to increase the contrast and color saturation.   If you’re not familiar with monotype printmaking you can watch videos of the process as a little primer. Grab a beverage and a note pad to jot down some inspiration…. Here’s a quick little dark field monotype demo by Jim Flowers, also known as the Snake Artist from his work with reptiles …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Early Retirement (& art supplies for the beginner)

I’m a bit timid to buy art supplies for my artist pals, unless I know for sure they’re missing something specific in their studio arsenal. But many of my friends and family are new at art, or they’ve *never* done art, but they’re interested in dipping-a-toe-in to check it out. With the popularity of group paint-along cocktail parties, adult coloring books, and youtube art tutorials demystifying the art process, I’m excited that so many people are discovering their art-making brains. Those folks are extremely fun to shop for, because they usually don’t have any art supplies, and a gift of something maker-ish could inspire their heretofore unrealized artist-self, which could spark …[Continue reading]

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Monotype with Watercolor: Persimmon & Vintage Whiskey Bottles (& a lecture on John Singer Sargent)

Here’s a video you can watch, or just listen to while you’re working on something else… Richard Ormond is the former Director of London’s National Maritime Museum and the former Deputy Director of London’s National Portrait Gallery. He is also one of the world’s leading authorities on John Singer Sargent, who was his great Uncle, and he’s published at least 9 volumes on his work. He spoke at The Art League in Virginia on November 5, 2015, and lucky for us, they posted the hour & twenty minute lecture on youtube, so you can listen & watch it too. Artist extraordinaire Robert Liberace introduces him:  If there are other …[Continue reading]

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Monotype: Blue Sip Cup (& #linklove for INKtober!)

One of the most frequently discussed challenges creative people face is consistency of making things. There isn’t enough time, space, energy, inspiration or focus to sit down and create something with your hands on a regular basis.  (#quote: The secret to success is consistency of purpose. ~Ben Disraeli)  One remedy for this is month long projects, hosted on social media. Writers commit to 30 days of typing their hearts out in groups and on Pinterest Boards.  Illustrators upload a new piece of art based on a single word published every Friday on Illustration Friday. Quilters join Block-of-the-Month clubs to receive a box of fabric to make one quilt …[Continue reading]