I have been working on Monotype Printing. More of the seaweed saga I started at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. Seaweed intrigues by the tangles, squiggles and lines it makes. It moves under the ocean water. It covers the sand in various colors of brown, greens and magenta. I walk to the beach and collect a bag of dried seaweed to put into Monotypes.
Printing in studio. I made several small studies with seaweed I had collected. The first color on the print is yellow. The small sketches come later. The Monotype below was a larger print I like.
The printing ink was placed on plexiglass plate. Seaweed placed on top of ink. Paper covering the inked plate and put through the printing press.
Plenty of ink still on the plexiglass plate above, so I put another paper on the plate and ran it through the printing press. This second print is called a ghost print. The second print often seems to hold mystery.
I also used 2 plexiglass plates one yellow and one blue. Different sized plates go through the printing press 2 times. Yellow first than blue ink the second time. The bubbles are rubbing alcohol sprayed into the ink on the plexiglass plate.
I have fun drawing my character with the printing press. I am adjusting the pressure of the press in this cartoon.
Another trip to the beach.
Drama at the beach. The seagulls plan an attack on Target Bag! How do they know what’s in it???? I’m painting in my small sketchbook.Meeting my Friend
I am always happy to paint at Sherman Library and Gardens. It’s a happy peaceful place.
I’m Getting ready to teach a Watercolor class at Sherman Gardens on Sat. October 28. Teaching watercolor is fun in this ideal setting.