Category 365 art challenge

Phalaenopsis

This is one of three phalaenopsis orchids rescued from the clearance rack of a big box grocery store back in 2014.  I took dozens of photos of the flowers promptly after bringing them home, which was a good thing, as this particular plant died very quickly from what I guessed to be crown rot.  When […]

365 challenge #19, 21, 22

In the above photo, I’ve found a solution for using thin Japanese papers for monotype.  The paper has to be dampened or the watercolor won’t transfer when printing, and the dampening turns the paper outside the printed area into a crinkled mess.  I decided to cut the paper down to the 4″ x 4″ printed […]

365 art challenge #18, 19, 20

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 […]

365 art challenge #18

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 […]

365 art challenge #16 & 17

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 […]

365 art challenge #15

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 […]

365 art challenge #14

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.

365 art challenge #13

  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 […]

365 art challenge #12

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.

365 art challenge #11

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 […]