MONOPRINTS - MOUNTED ON WOOD BLOCKS
What is a Monoprint?
Monoprints and monotypes are created by manually adding or removing ink from a plate. Many effects can be achieved that are not possible with any other technique. The process of creating a monoprint or a monotype is the same, but when doing monotypes, the artist works on a clean and unetched plate; with monoprints there is always a pattern or part of an image which is constantly repeated in each print. Artists often use etched plates or some kind of pattern such as lace, leaves, or fabric to add texture.
In the subtractive method you cover a surface (metal or plastic plate) entirely with color, then you remove the ink partially or wholly to expose areas of the picture being made. This process can be carried out using brushes, toothpicks, cotton swabs, foam rubber, fingers, etc.
I print on a Gelli™ Print Plate which allows me to print without a press. I cut all of my own stencils, use found objects like travel size thread spools, buttons, bubble wrap, empty paint half pans, paint tube lids....and brayers to apply acrylic paint. My block sculptures represent all the qualities I love about art--original patterns, abstract, colorful and tangible surface design printed on paper. I selectively trim and mount the six sides on solid wood blocks then finished with a clear satin varnish. 4" x 4"
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