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Trace Monotype Printmaking: Ginger Plumage

A Buoy of Kindness Thanks for all of your generous responses to my last post. The artist-blogger community never fails to surge forward with kindness after a troubling event, or a trying time, and I’m incredibly grateful for this virtual, palpably good community. You set the bar for civility and encouragement, and I’ll do my best to reach that watermark in an attempt to pay it forward. Extinct Art Festivals For over a decade, I’ve visited with patrons, friends and family at upcoming art festivals here in Southern California.  As of this Spring, several art festivals have gone the way of many galleries, and …[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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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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Trace Monotype – Hey, Wanna Split a Sandwich? – and Trace Monotype Methods

Trace Monotype Printmaking Methods In the last post, I demonstrated techniques for a trace monotype made with more tone, and less line. This trace monotype (above) was made with more line, and less tone, which leaves plenty of printmaking paper exposed for watercolor or other media. If you’re looking for a video tutorial on how to make a trace monotype without a press, here is a play list of several monotype techniques on my youtube channel. The good news is that there are a ton of approaches to making a monotype: dark field, light field, trace monotype, monoprints, etc. Watch a few of …[Continue reading]

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Trace Monotype: Portrait of an adolescent boy

Burgeoning Boy 8.25×6.75 Trace Monotype with watercolor washes on Thai Kozo paper   –   Available in my Etsy Shop Yesterday, I printed an edition from a mat board collagraph with a taupe gray mixed from leftover akua inks used on previous projects. I had a dollop of ink left at the close of the day (see first photo below). This inspired a random decision (#distractedartist) to make a trace monotype. My work table is covered with a sheet of plexiglass, so I rolled the leftover ink out with a brayer. The process shots below (hopefully) explain the sequence for this type of print. …[Continue reading]

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Trace Monotype: Big Sister (& a Diebenkorn exhibit in Palm Springs, CA)

Inspired by Great Artists In my previous post about working in light, tonal values after looking at the work of Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851-1938), I mentioned that I was influenced just as strongly a few months earlier 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, bold lines, bright colors and sugar from. 🙂  I have my hand up in the Who Get’s Influenced by Other Artists roll call. The image source is a 1947 photo from my grandparent’s albums, showing 2 of their four kids. I cropped my mother and …[Continue reading]

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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. 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

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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]