Tuesday, March 2, 2010
monotype and Degas
monotypes with pastel
In my quest to read more about monotype I have learned many interesting aspects of Degas' explorations of monotype. He used three different methods of inking the plate. 1. subtractive-he inked the plate and subtracted ink 2. he painted ink on the plate 3. He mixed both methods-brushing, wiping even using his fingerprints. This was his cuisine approach. Autumn Landscape by Degas is an excellent example.
What do I like about monotype? Loss of control and flying with the wind. Not only do you get the reverse, but the ink will "have its way with you."A surprise is around every corner.
I have now tried all three methods. And now I know I like the smorgasbord- cuisine approach
Two monotypes with pastel top: bfk, underneath: mulberry
Adding pastel after is a different kind of surprise.
1. 3rd print, more ink again on ghost print, mulberry
2. 2nd print, slightly more ink added to ghost print, mulberry
3. 1st print, on bfk, ink
Oh, two big changes this time-1. used etching ink-very sticky
2. used a piece of plexiglass (I wanted a square) I thought I would look at it on the reverse as I worked but I was so caught up in the process I even forgot!