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 […]

Monotype no. 8: Charbonnel water based etching ink on Stonehenge paper. A portrait of my sweet tabby Billie, who is sick today. Water based etching ink is much better to work with than water based relief ink. The ink was difficult to roll onto the plate evenly, but it had a long working time. Unlike […]

Monotype no. 7: oil based Gamblin relief ink on Stonehenge paper. I’ll add some pastels to the ghost as soon as it dries…which could take a while.

Monotype number 6: oil based Gamblin relief ink on Rives BFK paper. I wanted to stick with water based media until the weather is warmer, since the home studio is unventilated and working with the windows open in winter is out of the question. For this print, I gave in to the temptation of oil […]