Making a Trace Monotype without a Press
Yesterday, I printed a small collagraph edition with a taupe gray mixed with Akua intaglio inks. I had a dollop of ink left (see first photo below), and that inspired an urge to make a trace monotype. (Also known as a Drawing Transfer 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. You’re welcome to peruse a playlist of video tutorials on trace monotypes here.
Trace Monotype Instruction
If you’ve made trace monotypes, or you know of a good resource for learning how to make them, please share links in the comments. It’s such an easy form of printmaking, and it doesn’t use a press, so you can make these at the kitchen table. No art studio requuired.
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you in the next post!
P.S. If you’d like to see an example of early trace monotype by the artist Paul Gauguin, visit this page on the British Museum site.
In the art of literature there are two contending parties. Those who aim to tell stories that are more or less well thought out, and those who aim at beautiful language, beauty of form. This contest may last a very long time; each side has a fifty-fifty chance. Only the poet can rightfully demand that verse be beautiful and nothing but.
Paul Gauguin 1848-1903