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Persimmon Monotype #1

Persimmon 1

Akua Kolors on Arches 88 paper, 6×8″
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Monotypes are really interesting to make and really confusing. I’m just barely finding my way with the process. For one thing, in order to make the final print not be a mirror image of your original drawing or photo, you trace the original and then put the tracing paper upside down under the acrylic printing plate as a template. That doesn’t seem to difficult until you also try to refer to the original drawing or photo which is now a mirror image of the one you’re working with. So if you want to see what color something is in the original, it’s all backwards. I finally solved that problem by looking at my original photo in a mirror I propped up beside it.

The other complicated part is that I was doing three printings on the same paper of yellow, blue and red — sort of like glazing in watercolor — in order to mix additional colors by layering them on the paper. First I applied yellow on the printing plate (a sheet of acrylic) where I wanted the image to end up with yellow (or green or orange after applying blue and red), and wiping it off where the image should not be yellow and then printed it. Then I did the same with the blue ink, wiping it off where I wanted the yellow to stay yellow, not become green, or where I was going to want purple later and then printed that layer. Then I did the same for the red, trying to get some oranges over the yellows, purples over the blues and dark brows for the branches by combining all three colors there. I was going to do one more layer to add some black lines but had to stop and get ready to go out for the evening.

Tomorrow I’m going to explore some more with monotype (I’ll photograph my process and post that too, which will probably be easier to understand than my explanation above). I’m also going to finally begin a full-sheet watercolor painting I’ve been meaning to get started with for way too long.

12 replies on “Persimmon Monotype #1”

Jana – a friend of mine I met at Wet Canvas has made a little pamphlet of the monotypes that he does. He lives in Germany, but I recently received them. You might want to check out his blog that he does, It is however in German.

http://www.edition-handdruck.de/

I love your persimmon. What a lovely fruit to work from. I am interested in watching your progress with this method

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Jana — I can barely get the colors I want working right side up! This is gorgeous!!! RICH RICH colors, shading — I LOVE IT! Contrasts are incredible, and the brightness of it is just perfect for a wintry day — beautiful work!!!

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this is a cheerful boost of colour for a grey old day, today. I like the vibrancy of the colour contrasts.

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Thanks Lin and Sally. Robin, His site really is inspiring. It’s a whole new world to see! Thanks so much for sharing it. I really hadn’t seen much in the way of monotypes before. I wonder if there’s a way to translate blogs on the internet. I bet there is. Meanwhile I’ve subscribed to his with bloglines.
Thanks again! Jana

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I’m really impressed. Printing is a real mind bender. This is beautiful and I look forward to seeing the next one. I’ve been messing about with collographs but need to get a few more printing things. (a brayer and barren for starters!)

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Jana – so much fun to see you experimenting with multiple colors in the monoprint. I did a few of those as well after being inspired by the akua color video (thanks for the return!). You’re right, they are mind-bending, and I’m used to working backwards.

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This is stunning—the textures and soft colors are just superb. You make me want to try monotypes. For some reason,I never have. This one has a Japanese woodcut feel to it. Wonderful work, Jana.

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wow, this one really stood out for me!!! i love the squishy colors and shapes. It’s so lucious(didn’t spell it right). but anyway, love your art, you still inspire me more and more!!! love you!!!

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