Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Monoprinting bliss

Lately I've been craving a new way of creating imagery.  I feel like I need a big old gust of fresh air into my work.  So I've spent some time toiling away and staring into space at my desk and finally decided to try a technique that I haven't used since my art school days...Monoprinting.

Monoprinting is a method of printmaking where only one impression is made, rather than multiple.  There are many ways of doing this, but I used a piece of plexiglass, Dr. PH Martin's super saturated ink, and acrylic black ink with a paintbrush.

I found a piece of plexiglass lying around in my cabinet and I was ready to go!  Once I go started I wondered what had taken me so long to use this method!  Especially for texture and controlled, yet unpredictable, swaths of color.

I even tried printing on top of some existing etchings I had lying around.  I love the way these little blobby moths turned out.

Happy printing happy days

Thursday, June 14, 2012

the lonely night

So thrilled to share this completed commission.  I've been waiting for an excuse to draw a whale, and then this opportunity presented itself.  Also got to use one of my favorite little printmaking techniques:  dusting magnesium carbonate powder over a freshly inked plate to prevent the ink from transferring in those spots.  Dusty stars!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

"the mountain thinks it's left the earth"
A doodle inspired by a quote from poet, Mark Leidner.  This phrase has followed me ever since I first read it in Mark's book, "the angel in the dream of our hangover" published by Sator Press 2011.  I hope to develop this into something finished when I have the time.