Printmaking: black & white monotype

I started my printmaking class this week. The class explores several printmaking techniques, the first being black & white monotype. I wish I’d seen some examples of how this medium works best before the class (see examples of prints below.) Monotype is more about impressions, shapes and texture rather than fine detail. Needless to say, my print was not a keeper.

(Cheryldine Begay)


(Bill Jacklin)

(Bill Jacklin)

So, with monotype, you’re basically coating a piece of plastic with black ink and wiping away the ink with a cloth or q-tip and/or scratching texture with a chopstick. You can also use oil (i think) to create the splattered effect you see in the rainstorm print above. The process is especially difficult (for me) because one has to think in terms of negative space – it’s a subractive process. Unless you want your figures/objects to appear white with a black background (like the trees above), you have to wipe away the background in such a way that your figures emerge.

P.S. One great thing about this printmaking course is that it’s non-toxic. They use oil & vinegar to clean up.

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