I love this printmaking technique. It has all the flexibility of painting with a healthy dose of unpredictability thrown in.
A full-colour monotype can be as simple or as complex as you like. This one started out as a very simple life drawing and just developed into something wild and wonderful. This is a reduction method, which means you are removing ink from a plate before pressing it onto paper.
The beauty is that you can use whatever you like to remove the ink. A simple cotton bud or a piece of tissue are some of the more common implements but you can use your fingers, a toothpick, a toothbrush; anything really. The possibilities and combinations are endless as are the variations in texture.
Here I have used oil-based litho/relief pigment onto BFK Rives cotton-rag paper, as well as many improvised tools. If you want to find out more technical details about techniques I use please click here to go through to the technical section.
The monotype “Nude Reflected” is available for sale on Artfinder and if you’d like to find out more, please click on the link here to go directly to it or click on the top right of this page to see other works for sale.