MONOTYPES: A Discussion, Demonstration, and Hands-On Opportunity by Angela Saxon
Wednesday, June 9, Social time begins at 6 pm. Program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library
Monotypes are an exciting and fairly straightforward way to step into the world of printmaking. A monotype is simply a transferred image made by applying ink/paint to one surface and then transferring to another surface. A monotype impression is unique and singular, hence the name. But why make a monotype instead of just making a painting? There is magic in printmaking. Instead of building up marks on paper or canvas, with a monotype we make the marks in one place in generally a much shorter period of time. All those marks are transferred at once. We think we know what image our inked plate will produce but are almost always surprised when pulling a print — perhaps it’s because part of this process is invisible. The plate and the paper compress together and we have to wait and see what we get when they are pulled apart. And if that wasn’t enough in the thrill department, we end up with a mirror image of our work, seeing our composition in a new way. I look forward to sharing some details of the process of making monotypes, my own personal techniques, as well as an opportunity for you to experiment with this enchanting medium.