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Today we are going to art class.  I am going to show you how I make a Monotype.

A Monotype is an artwork created by transferring an image to paper, normally with the use of a press.  Unlike a painting or a drawing in which paint, ink, charcoal or other material is applied directly to the surface, in a monotype the ink is applied to a one surface and transferred to another.  The result is a mirror image of the original design.

The resulting work is one of a kind.  It is possible to make very similar pieces but each will have differences.  That is the reason it is called a  monotype, meaning one.

Some artists create the artwork by building the image on a flat smooth surface, called a plate, and running it through a press in a single printing.  I tend to build my work in layers.  I run it through the press for each color.

So lets look at the process.

Press

The press

The press

I used to have a large etching press.  It was a great piece of equipment but it was too large for my present work space.  So I down sized.

uber press

uber press

Now I use this Uber Press which is portable and can handle work 24″ X 36″, which is larger than I need.

Some people use a hand-held Baren.

Baren

Baren

Baren instructions

Baren instructions

Equipment

equipment

equipment

This is where the action takes place.

On the glass palette is an ink knife used to mix ink and brayers used to roll out the ink and apply it to the plate which will be used in the printing.  There is also a couple of tubes of ink.  The yellow pages are used to wipe the ink knife clean.  I just tear off and  discard the dirty page.  Works great!  The paint thinner is needed for cleaning up oil based inks.   Water based inks are available that don’t need solvents.

My process is to draw a design on the back side of a plastic sheet, called a plate.  Here is a recent example.

Monotype sketch

Monotype sketch

Next I apply ink to the plate. The plate is then placed on the press.

This plate is not inked, but this shows where it would be placed.  Since I use multiple passes through the press, I have to be certain the paper  and plate are in the same place each time it goes through the process.  The blue tape lines are guides.  The plate is lined up on the inner lines.  Paper is then placed on top lined up with the outer blue tape lines.

Plate on press

Plate on press

Paper is lined up on the outer blue guides

Paper is lined up on the outer blue guide

And this is then covered with a blanket which protects the paper and helps create an even pressure when the work goes thought the press.

Blanket covers the paper and plate

The triangles are guides for advancing the bed of the press during the printing process.  The uber press prints by rolling over the plate back and forth at the middle of the table.  It only affects a narrow strip, so the bed of the press must be manually advanced.  This is done by advancing the bed to the next triangle guide and repeating the process until the print is fully worked over.

As I mentioned earlier, I work in layers usually one or two colors at a time.  Here is an earlier work that shows the process.  First a sketch is made.

Completed sketch

Completed sketch

Then the plate is inked.

Inking the plate

Inking the plate

Ready to print

Ready to print

Three colors, yellow ochre, cadmium red and cadmium yellow are on the plate.  The white area has no ink.  It is the bare plate.

The inked plate is run through the press and we have this

Monotype after first pass through the press

Monotype after first pass through the press

At this point the ink is cleaned from the plate and a new area is inked

Second Stage of inking

Second Stage of inking

The monotype goes through a second printing adding the new color

Monotype after second pass through the press

Monotype after second pass through the press

Again the plate is cleaned and new ink is applied.

Third Stage of inking

Third Stage of inking

A third pass through the press and “voila!” we have a completed piece.

Still Life on an Ochre Table

Still Life on an Ochre Table

The sketch of the Bikini Babe went through three passes as well:
1.  Full plate covered to create a tonal background;
2.  Dark lines to outline the figure;
3.  Reds and yellows.

This is the finished monotype

Bikini Babe

Bikini Babe

more to come

Fine Art America, a Pixel.com company

Pixel.com is now offering Throw Pillows, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers and more with reproductions of my artwork.  If you want to check them out, here are the steps:
1.  Click on this link: thomas-tribby.pixels.com
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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