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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]