Printmaking and Monotypes
The monotype is the simplest form of fine art printmaking. Monotypes are created by applying etching ink to a "blank"plate. This place can be made of metal or plastic. The ink can be applied in many ways including using brushes, rollers, rags, stamps, stencils, etc. The ink can also be wiped away at any point during the process. Once the image is completed on the plate, the ink is transferred to paper using an etching press. The resulting print is considered a "one-of-a-kind" work of art. Some artists will send the plate through the press a second time, transferring the remaining, very thin layer of ink onto a second sheet of paper. The second image is much lighter than the first pull and is called the "ghost" print. Now it is time to clean the plate and being the process from the beginning, creating a new image, using the plate over and over, resulting in a "unique" work of art each time. One other technique I often use is called "multiple drop". This incorporates multiple blank plates, each inked separately, that can be printed in succession onto a single sheet of paper, creating a multi-layered monotype, again resulting in a single "unique" fine art print.
My mixed media paintings are done on canvas. A thick layer of venetian plaster is applied and while still wet, I embed different materials into the wet plaster. This may include cheesecloth, paper, cardboard, linen, textured fabric, string, drywall patch material, etc. I also incorporate cement, stucco, sand and small objects into the wet plaster. Often I will apply three or four layers, letting each layer dry before adding the next. After 48 hours of drying I come in with the first layer of acrylic, usually a light wash which is applied with rags. After this first coat, wich covers the entire piece is dry, I apply multiple layers of acrylic. When I have the color and richness I desire, the finished piece gets a final coat of satin varnish.