Spots and Twists

15 Jan

warrior spots

I like working on direct line (trace) monotypes. It’s an immediate and spontaneous way to get an original print and the quality of the line is soft and smudgy. I also like to work with models in poses that are twisted or contrapposto, they have a dynamic interplay of forms and planes that I find more interesting that passive standing poses. I particularly enjoy setting the model against or within a pattered  artefact like a rug or blanket. This model is a young soldier who often models for our life drawing group when he’s on leave.

The monotype is printed from a perspex (plexiglass, acrylic sheet) plate coated with black oil-based litho / relief ink thinned with a little extender. It’s important to roll the ink super thin otherwise you’ll get huge black smudges everywhere. Once there is a very thin layer of ink on the perspex, a sheet of fairly thin paper (a good cartridge paper around 150 gsm will be fine) is placed on top and a pencil drawing done on the top of the paper. The pencil needs to be kept sharp. When the paper is lifted off the perspex, the ink will have stuck to the places the pencil touched, creating an unique monotype. It’s a very good method for artists who love drawing.

13 Responses to “Spots and Twists”

  1. annieherbert March 11, 2015 at 18:20 #

    Thanks for this. I’m going to give it a try soon. Best, Nicholas.

  2. allesistgut January 16, 2015 at 09:55 #

    Great piece of art, again! Have a nice weekend! 😉

    • Rosie Scribblah January 16, 2015 at 10:07 #

      Thank you so much. Hope your weather is lovely 🙂

      • allesistgut January 16, 2015 at 10:14 #

        Yes, it is. We have bright sunshine (but only for today). 😉 But that’s better than nothing, isn’t it?

    • Rosie Scribblah January 16, 2015 at 11:09 #

      Our storms might be heading your way. make the most of the sunshine 😀

  3. kestrelart January 16, 2015 at 09:49 #

    I keep thinking about trying this in the field.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 16, 2015 at 10:06 #

      Oh do, it’s so spontaneous. Only needs a tiny amount of ink

  4. jhv57 January 15, 2015 at 23:17 #

    Like this!

    • Rosie Scribblah January 16, 2015 at 10:05 #

      Thank you. I’m having a lot of fun with this technique.


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