Botanical monotypes

Mary Margaret Briggs uses plants in her monotype works.

She says little about the physical process, but if you watch closely you can see how the grass is sandwiched between the canvass and the inked plate.

Making a gelatin plate

Printing from a gelatin plate uses water based inks. Very little pressure is needed, so no press is needed. This video shows how to make the gelatin plate.

Monotype print making demonstration

Today we have a demonstration of the whole process of making a monotype print:

Monotype month

Happy New Year everyone.

This month I plan to concentrate solely on monotype print making. This print process has been described as the most painterly print making process. The image is created on a smooth non-absorbent surface, by both adding and removing ink as needed, then printing a single copy on to paper.

This introductory video is a trailer for an instructional video by Julia and Gail Ayres, and shows some of the interesting techniques that can be used in creating images.

Read more about monotypes in "The distinction between monotypes and monoprints and the process of creating these works on paper".

Stay tuned to Craft Videos for more on monotypes during the rest of the month.