Author Archives: Kathryn deVillers
Monotypes no. 18, 19, 20 and ghosts with relief printing, hung up to dry. It seems simple enough to roll ink onto a relief block, but learning exactly how much ink should be applied takes a lot of trial and error. Once the block is inked, is it better to hand-transfer the ink to paper […]
Monotype no. 18: Aquarelle crayons dissolved in water, painted on plexiglass prepared with gum arabic. The gum arabic beads up slightly when applied to the plexiglass, and is visible in the print in the lower right hand corner. Every tutorial I’ve read on watercolor monotypes suggests lightly sanding the plexiglass first, to give the watercolor […]
Monotype no. 16 & 17: oil based relief ink on plexiglass with relief print. The above prints are on a lovely Japanese paper called Kitakata. Below are prints on mystery scraps of Western paper. I have quite a lot of Kitakata paper in a unique shade of light green, and am resigning myself to the […]
Monotype no. 15: Aquarelle crayons dissolved in water, painted on plexiglass prepared with gum arabic; also relief printed with Gamblin oil based ink. A recent “once every 30 years” snowstorm paralyzed our city, leaving me so restless with captivity I had to carve a little wood block. I never quite got the hang of relief […]
Monotype #14: Charbonnel water based etching ink on Stonehenge paper. This print makes me realize what a wonderful medium monotype is for depicting hair. Faces…not so much.
Monotype no. 13: Charbonnel water based ink on Stonehenge paper. This is one of seven different black inks in the Charbonnel Aqua Wash series, Black 55985. The manufacturer describes it as the “most viscous black, for deep etching, drypoint, burin and mezzotint.” There’s something different about how the black moves on the plate when […]
Monotype no. 12: oil based Gamblin relief ink printed on mystery (Copperplate?) paper. I think it’ll be much easier to manipulate the ink when I start adding solvents, but I’m reluctant to do so until Spring, when I can open the windows at home.
Monotype no. 11: the first layer is shaved Aquarelle crayons dissolved in water, painted onto a plexiglass prepared with gum arabic, printed on very lightly sized mystery paper. The second layer is linoleum, printed with oil based Gamblin ink. I’m pleased with the rich, saturated colors of the Aquarelle crayons, but not so pleased with […]
Monotype no. 10: Charbonnel water based ink on mystery (Copperplate?) paper. Reductive monotypes: harder than they look.
Monotype no. 9: Charbonnel water based etching ink on Stonehenge paper. I fell way, way behind on my 365 art challenge during the week that I was syringe feeding, pilling, and bathing my deathly ill cat. Billie is down two pounds since her annual exam in August, but seems to be recovering well. I’m determined […]