Posts Tagged ‘monoprint’
Saturday, April 9th, 2011
I went through a period where I was fascinated with the idea of the chakras, and I did several monoprints related to them. This one uses the colors are all of the lower chakras to make flame, and the symbols for the 2nd and 6th chakras, desire and the third eye.
Our culture has a whole myth of “love at first sight” that I’ve never really bought into — I think that what you get at first sight comes from somewhere else, though it might eventually be pulled upward into the realms of the heart. At first sight all you get is a visual, some social cues from dress and superficial action, and no idea of what the person is really like inside. This piece reflects that idea, that we expect to see into them with our third eye, when really we’re seeing with our sacral instincts, desire and wanting rather than the love that comes from accepting a person’s flaws as well as their really nice body.
At First Sight, 2″x6″ monoprint on 6.5″x9″ watercolor paper, $299 with free shipping.
Saturday, April 2nd, 2011
This print combines two printing techniques for a singular layered result. First the colors were painted onto a blank acrylic plate with monoprint inks and the piece was run through the printing press. Then, a deep-bite etched intaglio plate was inked and the already-printed page was run through a second time, which left the textured black impression overlaying the color. It can be a very precise process, but I never was a very precise artist, so you can see that the two plates don’t quite align on the page, which accents the loose style of the print itself.
I only ever made one print like this one, but it’s one of my favorite images to have come out of my explorations with printmaking. I named it after an Edward Gorey pseudonym, because the image reminded me of some tentacled beast that might live in a pond in one of his delightfully morbid picture books. My favorite of his is The Gashlycrumb Tinies, because it opens with, “A is for Amy who fell down the stairs.”
Ogdred Weary, 3″x3″ etching and monoprint on 7″x10″ watercolor paper.
Saturday, January 15th, 2011
The most romantic gesture of all: the gift of a unique flower that lasts all year long. This beautiful monoprint features an abstract rose that spills over the sides of the page. This print is totally unique: there will never be another quite like it. Perfect for the art-loving valentine in your life.
This one-of-a-kind piece of art was created with a unique process called monoprinting. Thick water-based inks are painted onto a blank acrylic printing plate, and then run through a printing press to transfer them to thick archival paper. It’s very similar to the way an etching is hand-pulled, but in this case there is only one copy created, since the original painting vanishes when the inks transfer to the paper. The process is a mix of deliberate art and random elements, since a measure of the texture is lost when the wet paper contacts the water-based inks, absorbing them in a slightly different manner every time.
The printing plate in this case was 2″x6″, printed onto a larger 8″x11″ sheet of paper. The second photo shows the way the plate was framed, to draw the viewer’s eye and imagination toward the place where the rose exits the image, allowing them to fill in the rest of the rosebud, to conjure their own image what exists beyond the tiny slice of sky and leaf and stem.
Romantic Gesture, monoprint on watercolor paper, 8″x11″, $399 with free shipping.
This print is on watercolor paper but will require framing or matting to be suitable for display. I’m happy to frame it for you for a small additional fee.
Saturday, December 25th, 2010
I’m always frustrated by how hard it is to get beautiful, intense blues and reds to shine through in an electronic image. This monoprint retained a lot of the brush-stroke feel of the original plate, only slightly softened by its trip through the printing press.
This is my favorite of the small series of cruciform images I did at the time. It has an intense burst of sunset color with the rich, calm blue floating above it, almost like someone floating on a pool of water. There’s a real sense of peace and spirituality to it that suits the season.
Spirit Crucifix, 18″x14″ monoprint on 22.5″x15″ watercolor paper, $399 with free shipping.
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
This is the match to Faith I, this time with extra details done in rich primary colours. The blue cruciform figure floats in its own smaller field, while the close-up reveals the morbidity of the everyday image of faith. In addition to the rich blue there’s a subtle gold halo around the figure, done with color this time instead of scratching away.
There’s a lot to think about from this starting point, and a lot to be said, but it’s all difficult to approach without offending someone. Art can often open a dialogue where words fail, though there’s still a conversation to follow up, whether in words or images.
Faith II, 12″x8″ monoprint on watercolor paper, $199 with free shipping.
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
This is another in the series of cruciform prints, this one done in pure red with a mix of monoprinting styles — the textured red background is etched haphazardly with the images and words to create an image out of the chaos. I did two very similar to each other, and will post the second sometime next week.
This piece is the start of a deeper dialogue about faith and what it means in our society, the connection between worship and the fear of death. I’ve noticed very sharply lately that faith seems to grow as people get older, and I think this older piece still speaks to that phenomenon, among others.
Faith I, 12″x10″ monoprint on watercolor paper, $199 with free shipping.
Friday, November 12th, 2010
This print is part of the series that includes the Spirit Crucifix and Icon prints I posted earlier this year, all done in approximately the same time frame. In this one, I used animal alphabet rubber stamps after the fact to add a touch of cynical whimsy to the otherwise striking image of the cruciform figure floating in the blood red wash.
INRI, 12″x10″ monoprint and rubber stamp on watercolor paper, $199 with free shipping.
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