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


www.juliadenos.com said...

These are so gorgeous, Emily! Love the new technique. Do you press the plexi to the paper, or vice versa?

e.b. goodale said...

Thanks Julia! I tape the paper to the plexi so that I can pull it up and down again like a hinge. Then I paint onto the plexi, put the paper down and press it down. You can do this over and over again and the paper will land in the same place everytime.

I don't think this is really the official way but it works!