Making a Monotype is a combination of painting, drawing, sandwich art, and chemistry. There can be as many approaches and techniques as there are artists. Part of the joy of this activity is experimentation and directness of the medium.
This Monotype, titled "Vi", is part of a story series of prints. The image was made in stages.
A black ink film was rolled onto a transparent plate. The image was drawn and manipulated using a selection of tools to make a variety of marks.
Next it was rolled through a press and printed onto damp paper. The reversed black ink image went through the press again-- this time with a blue transparent ink on the plate.
The result is the introduction of a rich color lamination with highlights of white paper coming through the inks.
In another series of prints I worked from field sketches to develop narrative ideas. In this one a man reading a book in a cafe-- in the final minutes of the drawing the concept of literary company sharing some reading material popped up...
The series of Rabbit Monotypes started with sketches to develop the character based on a story written by
off to the print studio to ink up a plate, wipe it, daub it, and poke at it.
The marks made in this form of printmaking can appear spontaneous and active. The character and mood of the piece is difficult to produce with other media.
The result is a one-off image. A second run through the press will give another lighter version called a ghost.
Instead of painting directly onto paper, the painting is done on the smooth hard surface of the plate, and then squashed onto damp absorbent paper.