The Ghost

29 Jan

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I work a lot with a three-colour monotype technique that produces a full colour unique artwork on a sheet of paper (BFK Rives 250gsm). Then I put a second sheet of paper onto the plate and put it through the press again to take a second print with the ink (Caligo Safe Wash) that’s left to give a fainter ‘ghost’ monotype. Apparently the artists Degas and Monet used to work over their ghost monotypes with oil pastels, but I generally leave mine as they are because I like the way the oil-based inks break up in a very Impressionistic way. I also like the contrast with the full colour first proof.

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Detail from a ghost monotype

This is the ghost of “The Darkness”, a work commissioned as part of Nawr Yr Arwr / Now The Hero….

“…. an immersive theatrical experience that will take the audience on an extraordinary journey through three intertwining narratives of war; from Celtic history, the First World War, and today’s conflicts.

Drawing on an epic poem, some rejected paintings, and an intimate portrait of a Swansea soldier serving today, Marc Rees’ bold production brings the stories of war to life, but counterpoints the tragic telling with hope.”

Nawr Yr Arwr / Now The Hero was launched last week and will culminate at the end of September in Swansea with a festival weekend in and around the historic Brangwyn Hall.

The gestation of this work is the subject of this short film by George Morris and it shows the process from initial drawing to finished monotype via the fascinating vintage printing presses at Swansea Print Workshop.

6 Responses to “The Ghost”

  1. Leonie Andrews February 1, 2018 at 10:04 #

    Fantastic video Rosie and such a strong work! Well done all of you.

  2. Gilles Labruyère January 30, 2018 at 07:13 #

    Superb ! I love this second print on the same plate. The first print must have been much more colourful.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 30, 2018 at 10:30 #

      Thanks Gilles. It was much stronger and I published it the day before if you want to take a look. Rose 😀

      • Gilles Labruyère January 30, 2018 at 10:35 #

        I just did not realize it was the same plate ! Gorgeous and very impressive.

    • Rosie Scribblah January 30, 2018 at 10:39 #

      Thanks Gilles. There’s quite a difference between the two, and they are both unique pieces.

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