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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Then the plate is inked.
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
At this point the ink is cleaned from the plate and a new area is inked
The monotype goes through a second printing adding the new color
Again the plate is cleaned and new ink is applied.
A third pass through the press and “voila!” we have a completed piece.
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
more to come
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