Saturday, February 07, 2009

Paper Doll Monotype Print


24 x 32cm Monotype on Canson Montval 90lb WC paper
chine collé tinted ricepaper & newsprint

I received the key to the print studio yesterday. Better than the Key to the City, more like the Key to Heaven! This means I now have access whenever I wish to a big, fully equipped studio with two presses - one large, one small and a beautiful old book binding press that makes gorgeous lino prints in seconds. Expect me to go on rather a lot about this in future.

Carrying on with my Paper Doll series, I experimented at home today with a combination of chine collé using watercolour tinted rice paper and some newsprint. The print was made by the Direct Trace Printing method, which is believed to have been invented by Gauguin. It's a great way to use up that water-based ink I don't like. First I rolled a thin coat of black ink on to a piece of plexiglass. I then resketched the original drawing from my watercolour on to a piece of typing paper attached to the back of a sheet of 90lb watercolourpaper which I had placed face down on the inked plexiglass. When I lifted the paper the image had printed over the chine collé.

This is my first attempt at this style of monotype. The rice paper picked up the ink beautifully but the transfer was less successful on the watercolour paper. I was too nervous to dampen the watercolour paper incase it absorbed too much of the ink from the plate. Next time I think I will cover the whole piece of paper with plain rice paper and any other collage can be applied on top.

20 comments:

Dermott said...

Pfffffffffff! Call that art? Where are the eyes to follow me around the room?

Joan said...

You'll enjoy having that key for sure!!!! Nice print! You always have someting differnt going on.

Joan said...

You'll enjoy having that key for sure!!!! Nice print! You always have someting differnt going on.

Anita said...

Love it. Robyn - you are making such strides! I can see you becoming a real printmaker. I'm jealous! I want to play!

vivien said...

fun :>) out and I do so envy you with access to the press

Jeanette said...

You have the key to the printshop!!!??? Ok, when's the next plane to Tuscany??

I'll just figure out what I can do with a garden roller and the driveway...once the ice and snow has gone.

Printmaking s such a good fit for you Robyn, you go from strength to strength with it.

Jeanette said...

Oh and Dermott? Be nice. Remember who has the opposable thumbs and knows how to open the can of dog food...

moreidlethoughts said...

The key to the Kingdom - wow!Yes, I DO expect you to go on a bit about your experimental ventures. (And just ignore that curmudgeon who wants eyes to follow him 'round the room!)

Dermott said...

Opposable thumbs? Pffffffftttttt. I have opposable thumbs. How do you think I'm typing this?

Oh, and I don't do tinned food. Ever.

Sharon said...

YUMMY colors!

Dermott said...

Curmudgeon and art critic go together like love and marriage. Or even cat and toast.

Robyn said...

Dermott, I don't know where I'd be without your encouragement!!

Joan - Thanks. I sometimes think I have too many different things going on. I need focus. I hope the study key will be the key to focus.

Anita - You can come and play any time.

Vivien - I realise how lucky I am to have this opportunity. Unbelievable really. Now I have to make the most of it.

Jeanette - You'd better come and play with Anita too. And you wouldn't be the first printmaker to resort to a garden roller! Rick (my mentor) tells me some people are using pasta rolling machines to make prints!

Diane - You'll regret that request! ;)

Sharon - Glad you like them. I was rather pleased with myself working out how to create my own coloured paper.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

What amazes me Robyn is how you know what to do in your experiments. What I also want to know is when you are moving your bed into the print room?? We are coming to Lake Garda for our anniversary - is that a million miles away from you????

Robyn said...

Joan - I spend an awful lot of time reading and web surfing before I do anything!

Lake Garda - wow! I've never been there but apparently it is very beautiful. Quite a long way from us though. We are 80km south of Florence. You will be right up north.

Laureline said...

Fantastic! I do love seeing your experimentation and exciting lateral forays into other media! The paper doll imagery seems rich with possibilities. Oddly enough, this reminds me of the late 1980s painting series by
Jasper Johns, 'The Seasons.' Johns and you are using silhouetted shapes against a montage of apparently, but not truly, disparate imagery. It's so exciting to find a new mine of images!

caseytoussaint said...

Wow - lucky girl!
I love the work you've been doing - and I think you are really going to take off now that you can get into that studio whenever you wish.

Lindsay said...

I've found the thinner the paper, the more effective the transfer. I like this very much

Robyn said...

Laura - Thank you for being reminded of Japser Johns, you have a very vivid imagination ;)! I've just had a good look at his The Seasons and apart from being fascinating it's also great inspiration. Thank you :)

Casey - Thank you, I'm certainly going to the print studio more enthusiastically than to my oil painting.

Lindsay - Thanks. My first experiment with rice paper way back didn't work, but I realise now it was because of the water based ink. I love its texture combined with super smooth printmaking paper.

quirkyartist said...

My golly you do have a wonderful life. Italy, print studio - what more can you ask.

Robyn said...

Wendy - I do sometimes wonder what I did to deserve such good fortune and I will appreciate it while it lasts.

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