So here is a trace-monotype I recently experimented for the first time. I have seen several videos on You Tube sometime ago and felt quite fascinated about the process. The bottom line of this technique is that you CAN draw (yes!) "almost" directly on the surface of a paper. What I mean by "almost" is that drawing is actually through a "carbon plate" you create with a plate (a plexiglass in my case) and black ink, and a paper will be placed on the top of the plate and draw on the back side of the paper (I add a sheet of newsprint to draw, instead of drawing on the printing paper directory). The pressure I create by "pencil drawings" from the back of the paper, the ink adheres to the surface of the paper. The drawing lines are slightly "fuzzy" because the texture of the moist paper (the paper is soaked in water prior to printing). It may sound a bit complicated but if you can imagine an old fashioned retail receipt book (Some retails still do use and I love the tradition!) which you will place a sheet of black carbon in between "a customer receipt" and "a store copy" so that you can produce an exact duplicate. It is a same concept, technically speaking. I quickly drew this abstract/somewhat representational image at the studio and layered some colors on the top. I enjoyed being able to create thin LINES which are relatively challenging for what I normally do without using intaglio printing techniques. Anyway I hope you will enjoy some selections I added on my portfolio.
Big news! One of my recent prints has been accepted to "Intersections Juried Exhibitions" at Redline Art, Denver. The news came to my mail box at 9 pm on Monday and I simply could not believe my eyes! (I had to read the same email 3 times to make sure it was an "acceptance" mail but not "uninvited" mail!) I will post the link here for you to visit.
In September 2014, I made this very first monotype print at Art Student League of Denver. With the most patient and professional instructions by Mr.Joe Higgins, who is a wonderful Denver printmaker himself, my life with printmaking officially began. Feeling embarrassed and proud simultaneously, this print will be kept in my "secret" portfolio forever.
Here is my first blog.