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 do it in your kitchen, or in a classroom. If you can’t even draw a stick figure, this is a very accessible printmaking method! The line work is traced, so you can “draw” your dog by tracing from a printed cell phone snap shot, or you can create a mash up of different elements – like I did in the image above. (I traced from a photo of a bathroom window, and then overlaid another photo of friends at a dinner gathering to create a new, imagined event, in a pretend room. ) #howtohavefun The video tutorial is linked below.
If you decide to give this process a go (oh, do it, do it, do it!), I’ve listed supplies and links below. And there are links sprinkled throughout this post for books that might be helpful, as well as other posts on the subject. The video associated with this post is one of three trace monotype tutorials on my youtube channel to get you started. You can leave questions in the comments under each video window on youtube, or leave them here on this post (below). Mostly, I hope you give it a go, and just have fun!
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If you have any questions about the process, please leave them in the comment section below, and I’ll do my best to answer them quickly!
As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson