Posts Tagged ‘monoprint’
Saturday, November 6th, 2010
It’s been many years since I did much printing, but I still remember the smell of the different inks and the strange and interesting results that could come from just inking up a plate and seeing what happened when I ran it through the press.
This piece was made with a 3″x3″ square of acrylic, edges smoothed down to keep it from cutting right through the paper. Then I hand-inked the blank plate with water-based monoprint inks, which always reminded me a bit of finger paint in consistency. Each resulting print is one of a kind, so though the transfer from plate to paper is similar to intaglio, no two monoprints are ever alike.
This particular image reminds me of a cave or gateway into somewhere mysterious, with that bit of a glow among the stalactites at the top, and a very spiky path ahead.
Gate, 3″x3″, monoprint on watercolor paper.
Thursday, October 7th, 2010
This is the last of my large monoprints, it’s amazing to think I’ve finally made it through the whole portfolio. I’ll have to figure out what else to post pretty soon, heh.
This one I wasn’t sure about posting, the symbolism is so obvious, but it reminds me that I don’t have to keep telling myself that story — that the choices aren’t be invited or be miserable. Instead, I can invite someone myself, or pull a Billy Idol and dance with myself, or even go do something else entirely. There’s a whole world of options that you don’t see when you’re stuck in the story of always being the outsider, and limiting your choices to the ones other people give you.
Dancers, 18″x14″ monoprint on 22.5″x15″ watercolor paper
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010
This simple abstract monoprint has some soft texture of the water-based inks sinking into the paper at the bottom, streaked with red hiding among the charcoal grey. Brush strokes appear as streaks of light coming down from above, bringing out the purple in the grey.
Halflight, 3″x3″ monoprint on 10″x10″ watercolor paper, $199 with free shipping.
Sunday, September 12th, 2010
This is another monoprint created with layer upon layer of ink, running the paper through the press several times. I inked some of my small etching plates with the monoprint ink, which obscures the actual image etched on the plate and turns it into just another abstract shape in the composition. A total of 7 plates were used in this piece, some of them blank and some etched.
Shadows and Balances, 18″x26″ monoprint on 22″x30″ watercolor paper, $399 with free shipping.
Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
This piece has a bit of a story to it. It’s a large monoprint, with a very small etching plate near the center of the paper. The two more random images were created by mixing up the blood-red ink and then smushing it between two plates, and then printing the result. I love the way the bottom image looks a bit like a heart (of the anatomical sort), while the left image seems to hold a whole world of secrets, a landscape of crimson mystery.
The etching plate is part of a series I started and never finished, depicting Neil Gaiman’s Endless from his Sandman comic series — but not the people, the ideas they represented. This plate was, I think, the most successful, the image for Death. I did print a single edition of the plates by themselves, and I’ll post those next month sometime (very Halloween appropriate).
Together the 3 images seem to tell a story, or to invite the viewer to tell their own story. I think every piece of art has something to say to the viewer, but not every person gets the same message. I’m always curious what a piece says to other people — what does this one say to you?
Red Death, 22.5″x16″ etching and monoprint on watercolor paper, $699 with free shipping.
Categories: Abstract and Just Plain Weird, Angels, Cthulhu, and Other Myths, Daily Art, Series and Books, Things I'm a Fan Of, Zombies, Skulls, and Other Morbid Things
Tags: blood, death, etching, heart, intaglio, monoprint, sandman
Monday, September 6th, 2010
This print uses 3 of my little etching plates, two of which have been double-inked so that there’s a primary color in the actual etching, and a secondary red on the surface of the plate. The top two plates are both found objects of a sort, the smaller one is actually part of a larger plate that I cut up and kept pieces of to use in other prints. The paper has a beautiful texture of its own, lending an extra dimension to the abstract images, and giving a rich desert for the tiny cruciform figure to wander in.
There’s a lot of meaning that could be inferred here, but this is one of those pieces that’s hard to quantify for me — I can talk about this technical aspect or that process, but the end result was something unexpected. There’s hints of stories and ideas hiding in the abstract, brought out by the smallest image at the bottom.
The Texture of Faith, 15.5″x23″ intaglio and monoprint on imported Mexican bark paper, $499 with free shipping.
Friday, September 3rd, 2010
I actually have two pieces with this same title, and I’ll try to post the other one (an oil painting) next week. I considered renaming this one, but the red is really the thing that calls to me about the piece. The red is dark and rich, and the figure is a fuzzy shadow that hides in the complex fibers. The ink of this print adhered irregularly to the handmade Thai paper, giving it a ghostly appearance.
One of the reasons I love the monoprint process so much is that it adds an element of randomness, making the art a collaboration between me and the process instead of me trying entirely to control what goes on.
Red, 22.5″x30″ monoprint and chine colle on watercolor paper, $499 with free shipping.
Here’s a close-up of the figure’s face, so you can see the other colors that are hiding amongst all the red, the black and white and a barely-there glow of golden yellow.
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