Tag: monoprints

Addictive, Sheer Fun … Monoprinting

Addictive, Sheer Fun … Monoprinting

Addictive, yes.  But in a such a good way!

This is the kind of Addiction, that is good for us.

 

 

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Sheer Fun……..     Monoprinting by Maureen

Monotypes and Monoprints

These were the focus for this week’s process…. at work.

 

They are two of the best techniques that I’ve used in sessions that always help participants let loose.

To let go.

 

To disentangle themselves from the rigidity of standards, regulations, rules.

And the demands of that voice within that whispers,

Where is, The Product?

and …   how Good, is it, really?”

 

 

Yes.  Monotypes and Monoprints are my ‘go to’  topics for when, the group needs to be encouraged to –   just let go.

 

 

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Florals by Sue, monotype handprinting

 

 

Process  and Product

I love to encourage “process.”

“Process focus”  defeats fear.

 

Students, usually love to follow after the Product.

“Product focus,”   generally …. increases the likelihood of tenseness, fear, anxiousness.

 

Thus,  you can see the motivation  I have behind my strongly ‘Process based’  courses.

 

 

When we do monoprinting…. it is about the process.

And, wonderfully,   a plethora of prints pile up!

Not all are Rembrants.  Not all are ok.

But when we get a couple out of 10 that are pleasing,  how Lovely.

A bonus.

 

 

 

 

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Monoprint on Stonehenge,  A sublime bouquet…. Libby

 

Monotype

Drawn onto the glass plate, (with a palette knife inked up)  then, the print was pulled.

A still life bouquet emerged.

Like magic.

 

 

A flick of the knife here and there.

Implies a vase is resting on a table.

With a few scatterings of leaves and a floral shape or two.

There is mystery here.

Inferences and subtle suggestions.

 

 

This is very zen,  very wabi sabi.      

Nothing…. is All spelled out for us.

We must, engage.

Enter the scene.

and so – we stay awhile, to figure it out.

 

Well done Libby!!

 

 

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same image, look now for a seated woman

 

Another Perspective

 

If,  you now look at the top a shape emerges as a head.

Maybe she wears a cap or beret?   Her face, well only the mouth can be seen….. as she glances over to our right.

 

And her body and torso angle downwards to our right.

It seems as though, she may be wearing a belted dress, or coat.

 

She appears to have a large fluffy scarf or hat perhaps upon her lap.

And , and (her right)  shoulder extends out and then in.

As if its then resting on her hip.

Is she  standing or is she seated….?

 

 

This type of image is the kind that makes for Excellent series.

You can do, hundreds of creative things with it.

 

Thats why its so important, to stop.  To pause.

To leave it alone.

To come back later with fresh eyes.

You can then fully harness its potential, rather than spoiling it by fiddling about.   

 

 

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Transitions of Greens, Joyce …monotype

 

The silken smooth dark to light transition of greens is really quite lovely.

Near black the dark green in foreground has a wonderful sense of depth.  The print pales off into the distance, allowing the viewer to travel through the image.  Even though, it is not quite finished, not quite representational – still we look and see and feel the depth.    This would be so very easy to return to, and put in just a couple of touches to ‘finish.’   Lovely.

 

 

 

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Lauren’s Leaning tree, Monotype

 

The blue knobby tree was handprinted.

Lauren used prussian blue ink,  a  Qtip  of all things,   was used to apply and draw the ink onto the plate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of these images, were so very kindly allowed onto my website by my class students.

 

….. please note that they are the owners of the images, with the sole right to copy, duplicate, sell or distribute.

 

 

Digital piracy is not ok.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fun at the Art Shop

Fun at the Art Shop

I’m back from the art shop.

Why, is this news?

Well…. you can save money from what I learned there, for starters!  $100 savings in paper….

 

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Fun, Creative art supplies encaustic color sticks

 

The Art… of  Shopping

 

I went up to the Oxlades Art Supply shop in the northern suburbs of Perth.

There I found some decent sales items.

First was the good, artist quality 100% cotton rag watercolor paper on sale.

Saunders cold press 300 gsm 10 pack for $70 (Australian)

Saunders cold press works brilliantly.

That was purchase #1

 

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Saunders 100% cotton rag watercolor paper Cold Press

 

I love Arches paper… BUT

The importers of Arches paper into Australia, sadly have marked up the costs.

It has risen so high now, its beyond feasible,  for many of my students.

I understand.

 

And  I can’t honestly say  that the Arches at $17.50 per watercolor sheet 300gsm

is really worth $10 more,   than the Saunders at $7 per sheet!

 

That is $100 savings if you purchased this pack of 10 vs buying  10 Arches at $17.50 per sheet.

 

 

Purchase #2

20 meter roll of Sumi paper which will come in handy in Term 1 Atwell art course “Expressive: Drawing- Printmaking- Painting.”

I’ve used it before, its sturdy enough for light washes and for printmaking techniques.

It was about $19 or so.

 

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Creative fun art supplies, color, pastels, papers

 

Purchase #3

I couldn’t resist some  Color.

 

And as we will be doing various drawing and printmaking techniques I chose the Sennelier oil pastels.

Ultra buttery soft, melting onto what ever surface they are applied to.

Superior quality, good price.

Just under $5  Australian.

 

 

The Wax encaustic sticks… a bit of an indulgence?

Naples Yellow.  Indanthrone blue.  Sage green.  White.  Quinacridone Gold.

Turquoise (or in my mind… cobalt teal)

 

These colors combine to make a gorgeous palette full of harmony.

As a bonus,  they mix together well, to create dozens more color blends.

The series 6 colors were spendy $15   –  an indulgence, yes.

 

Purchase #4

Magnani Pescia is an Italian mouldmade 100% cotton printmaking paper.

My purchase:  3  sheets,  tucked into the Saunders bag.

 

The Magnani  is a soft paper, smooth and creamy.  Great surface, lovely for lino prints, gelli prints, lithography, woodcuts.

Its fantastic for drawings.  For charcoal, pastels, inks.

I was able to buy these for about $7 each.

 

 

Purchase #5

The Encaustic metal printing plate.  $20.28 purchase price.

I heat it up, then melt the wax sticks on it in whatever design I wish.  Place my chosen printmaking paper down on the plate, lift off and voila!

A monoprint is created.

 

 

 

Finally…

All in all, I left the shop spending just a tad over $150.00

I’m sure that’s close to a record low for me, going to a proper art store.  

 

That was a lot of judicious selecting I have to say.

The selecting,  is a large part of my enjoyment.

 

There are so many new items to look at.

So many brilliant colors, papers, pastels, inks.

My eyes seemed to want so much more.

I didn’t  need,  more though.

 

It was fun, I  had fun.  I’m pretty content with what I have.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed my trip to the art store,   Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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Oxlades Art Supplies 

 

 

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USA  Arches paper 300gsm 10 pack $54.50      $5.40 each

 

 

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Simplicity: Red Roses, Blue Vase

Simplicity: Red Roses, Blue Vase

Minimal.

Simplicity.

My chosen words for the day.

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Red Roses, Blue Vase, debiriley.com

 

Those words,  I feel suit my mood and the dialogue.

Less.

Is More.

 

 

 

Red Roses

The flowers,  are portions –  from my fish shop’s wonderful rose bouquet of yesterday.

 

I have used  my photographs that I took at the shop.  I have a ‘connection.’

 

And I place emphasis on the word….. Use.

I’ve used them as  tools.  As aids.  As helpers.

They,  are to work for Me!

 

 

I’ve selected, rearranged and grouped the elements as I saw fit.

As it pleased me to do so.

 

 

In other words…. I’ve been ‘influenced’ by my photos. But, I’ve not been the slave of the photos nor  ‘their myriad of precious tiny details.’

They serve me.  I am their Director…….  Not the other way around.

 

This, is How, I can achieve a minimalist approach.

 

 

 

Monotypes  Monoprints

 

Monoprints, monotypes.  Nearly everyone uses those 2 words interchangeably. But, a monoprint is meant to be done in a Series.  Whilst a monotype is normally a  “One Off.”  (with a ghost print.)

 

 

My art image has been done using the monotype process using watersoluble inks.

I painted the subject onto the glass plate first, using the inks. Then carefully laid my printing paper over the inked/painted plate and rubbed with a wooden spoon to capture the image.

Once I lifted the paper, I could see the striations, colors, textures and variations of tones upon the paper.

Monotypes are great fun.  My class will be doing a couple of weeks of these experiments.

 

 

Have fun and Loosen Up!

There are many ways, techniques to use for Monotypes.

I’m Definitely, going to try a few more!

 

I love how monotypes can be so versatile, simple, fun and loose.

Perfect technique to help loosen people up, and become more Impressionist.  More color and movement oriented.

 

Simply…. Fun!

 

 

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Crimson Roses