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.

8 Responses to “Smudginess Abounds”

  1. Tin Roof Press January 12, 2015 at 10:40 #

    beautiful. love this one .

  2. paperstew January 11, 2015 at 17:57 #

    What an interesting and different approach to monotypes. You always have something different up your sleeve. Nice piece! 😃

    • Rosie Scribblah January 11, 2015 at 20:58 #

      Thank you. It’s a nice technique to do something quickly with the emphasis on line 🙂

  3. ossjay January 10, 2015 at 17:24 #

    As a backward woman on technique, your explanations light up the brain cells now flickering “go try it!” Thx

  4. jhv57 January 10, 2015 at 16:51 #

    Love hands on- getting into the work! I do a lot of these monotypes myself

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