Friday, December 31, 2010

Teapot - Trace Monotype & monotype


Trace monotype with chine collé 18 x 24cm



Monotype 18 x 24 cm

Trace monotype is an excellent process for anyone who wants to try printmaking but doesn't have a press.

For the first print I pasted some pieces of different coloured paper on to my printmaking paper then I rolled oil based etching ink (your can use linoprint or other relief inks - water-based or oil) on to a piece of plexiglass of the size I wanted the finished print to be. I then laid my paper face down on the inked plexiglass plate and used a graphite pencil to sketch a still life from objects lying around in the print studio. I then peeled off the paper and there was my print on the back of my sketch. I love this method because the marks are so much more painterly than I can achieve drawing and my work is much looser because I don't get hung up on the drawing.

I was about to clean the ink off the plexiglass but I quite liked the ghost left on the plate by the pressure of the pencil through paper so I strengthened some of the marks by removing some ink with a brush or a cotton bud; sprayed a little mineral spirits for added texture and ran the plexiglass plate and a damp piece of paper through the etching press. Two prints for the price of one!

This blog has been rather neglected for the past months but I always appreciate your visits and comments. Thank you.

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year and all good things in 2011.

21 comments:

Laureline said...

What fun, Robyn! The second one is my favorite---it's so juicy and atmospheric.
As for infrequency of blog posting---I think it's all part of a natural trajectory. You and I have been doing this for quite a while---six years for me come February.
I hope 2011 will be a year of happiness and fulfillment for you and your family.
Xoxo,
Laura

Dermott said...

Splendid stuff. A subscriber to the Boofhead School of Art - when in doubt, make it all fuzzy.

Sue Pownall (aka travelingsuep) said...

Interesting process and results.

Happy New Year Robyn

Cathy Gatland said...

Fabulous results Robyn - the second afterthought one really great, full of movement and spark! Happy New Year to you, Dermott and HWEM!

moreidlethoughts said...

Both good, but I think I side with Laura on this.
Dermott! You've been so long silent I thought you'd retired!

Happy New Year from new York!

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Wonderful - so impressive! At last a process I might be able to use as well

How did you get the pressure for the print?

Presumably this is something which could in principle be done plein air if you took a small portfolio out with you to protect glass and paper?

africantapestry said...

Lovely prints..both of them, Robyn. Wish you too a great 2011!
Bisous
Ronell

Shirley said...

Wow! Another new technique to try - thanks and Happy New Year!

Joan said...

Great job on both of these. I really like the feel of the teapot print...perfect for a winter's day. Have a Happy New Year!!! I loved the card you sent...so Tuscan! Ciao!!!

Charlene Brown said...

I too love the effect of indirect marks -- thanks for the straightforward explanation of the Boofhead approach.

Stacy said...

Happy New Year Robyn! Lovely to see another print from you. I like them both.

I was thinking about you at the beginning of Dec. My husband went to Rome for a business trip and for a short time I thought I might be going with him. I was planning to ask you if you would like to meet me for a day of sketching! Unfortunately I ended up not going, but he promises to take me some day, so you may hear from me yet!

Casey Klahn said...

You continue to impress me with these. Especially love the first one!

Robyn said...

We never go out for New Year's Eve because Dermott is terrified of the fireworks and our home has a ringside seat to the midnight madness. It's okay, Dermott we aren't Party People anyway. But all these lovely comments from old friends on NY Eve is lake having you all to a party. Thank you :)

Katherine - I am going to try to make a trace monotype en plein air, just for you. I suspect it will be a bit messy but it's an entertain project to take on, so watch this space.

Stacy - I'd have gone to Rome to meet YOU! Next time for sure.

Thank you ALL!

Robyn said...

It's actually 'like' having you all to a party - I'm not sure how the 'lake' got into it.

A Brush with Color said...

Happy New Year to you as well, Robyn! And wow--I'm always so admiring of the things you try--these are beautiful. I love the way you just attempt new things with great abandon. I look forward to watching the new things you create in 2011.

Tim Robinson said...

Oh wow!

vivien said...

lovely! I like this kind of printmaking, so much more painterly than hard edged lino or flat screenprinting :>)

Suma CM said...

What a neat process! Love the second one especially.

Suma CM said...

What a neat process! Love the second one especially.

Barbara Hagerty said...

I love the prints! Happy New Year! I found your blog through Strathmore workshops.

Judybec said...

Love your prints!
I'm hoping to give this a try-- thanks for explaining it so well.

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