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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 Tutorial Video Series

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 (& videos on how to make one)

All in Green 5×4.5 Trace Monotype with watercolor (sold) Trace Monotype Printmaking I’ve been writing about and filming monotype printmaking tutorials, so if you’re interested in the process, you might check this video playlist of tutorials. Click here to see them. The process is simple and the mark-making is lovely. Take a look at this nice, clear step by step introduction to the trace monotype printmaking process by School of Yule.And this one, by a channel called Crafty Birdie is simple, and the trace monotype at the end is adorable.Here’s a trace monotype drawing of a hamster, done loose and sketchy. (Don’t you need …[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]