Tag Archives: printmaking
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 […]
I’m taking a break from my 365 monotype challenge to wrap up work on etchings for an art opening next week. As soon as I file the edges of this plate, it’ll be ready to edition…it may even be dry before I mat and frame it! The marks on the flowers were made using a […]
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. 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. 10: Charbonnel water based ink on mystery (Copperplate?) paper. Reductive monotypes: harder than they look.
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 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 […]