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Smudginess Abounds

9 Jan

fairy back


There are different ways of doing monotype prints. This technique is called a direct line monotype. You ink up a plate, usually perspex or glass, with a very thin layer of litho / relief printing ink. Then you gently lay a piece of good quality paper, not too thick,  onto it and carefully draw onto the paper with a sharp pencil. Peel the paper off the plate and there’s a monotype. Artist Tracey Emin does this a lot. I like to do it when I’m doing life drawings. A sharp pencil will give a good line and you can use your thumb or finger to press on a bit of tone and texture. There is a characteristic smudginess and softness with this technique.

Je Suis Charlie.

9 Jan

Tribute to Charb.

9 Jan

A touching tribute


In honour of Stéphane Charbonnier, his colleagues, and the police, who lost their lives in the senseless violence that took place in Paris on the 7th of January 2015. It’s difficult to come to terms with the events of that day, perhaps we never will—how can we?

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