Tag Archives: Monoprinting

Project: trees

Having been in a very restrictive lock-down situation, due to increasing numbers of covid 19 cases in our state, I’ve been close to home for over 10 weeks now without a definite end in sight; possibly some small relaxation of … Continue reading

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Making Boxes from my stash

Over the last couple of years I’ve enjoyed a lot of monoprinting using stencils, masks and pattern-creation with textured items. I’ve amassed quite a stash of prints. A few of us decided to cut up our prints and create small … Continue reading

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Project: Noise

This project came about when playing very loud music whilst working alone in my studio. Sometimes finding it difficult to remain motivated through the long periods of lockdown and lack of external stimulation I used some of my favourite bands … Continue reading

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Monoprinting shapes – Part 2

Building on the prints from my previous post I created a range of multi-layered monoprints, sticking to a reduced colour palette and using only lines and circles.  Threads of varying thicknesses and types were laid to achieve either resists or … Continue reading

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Monoprinting shapes – Part 1

Using a very reduced colour palette I’m currently starting a range of monoprints based on lines and shapes – in this case, circles.  I’ve had quite a long time away from my core interests of linear connections, boxes, containment and … Continue reading

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Completed: Monoprinted concertina book

Claire Brach, In Isolation, 2020, free-standing articulated concertina book, commercial & handmade paper, mixed media drawing & painting, monoprinting

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Part 3: Monoprinted vignettes

Finally every page printed.  32 different plants printed in isolation, each showcased in their own right.  Here is a selection. I also printed some of my book pages without the background.  The plants are so lovely on their own I … Continue reading

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Part 2: Monoprinted vignettes

In part 1 I showed the waste prints from this project and explained the process of transferring plant material, mainly leaves, to paper. Each page was initially prepared by printing a textural backdrop representing the concept of different terrain.  Jack … Continue reading

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Part 1: Monoprinted vignettes

When looking back over my recent online mixed media course I was struck again at how much I had enjoyed creating temporary vignettes from plant material. So over recent weeks I’ve been diligently collecting, pressing and drying plant material with … Continue reading

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Exploring Mixed Media: 7

Working with nature: Plant Drying In anticipation of creating some nature monoprints I’ve continued to collect fallen flora.  Each leaf has been carefully laid out and pressed between paper, in single layers, using my Albion press and book blocks. These … Continue reading

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Monoprinting nature

My previous nature monoprinting had me using inks that complemented the plant material I was using as my imagery; yellow ochre, green and light sepia.  I wondered how they would look in colours that don’t so readily reflect nature. The … Continue reading

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Monoprinting with nature

The (communal) print studio is currently concentrating on monoprinting and whilst there is some latitude to deviate from this it can become a problem with multiple people wanting the presses set at different pressures.  So with that in mind I … Continue reading

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Experimental Etching with Tony Ameneiro: Prints 1

Print series 1 Source material as inspiration: I chose this picture of bone calcification and zoomed into the detail. Drawing the design: After several small sketches I redrew my design to full size. Transferring the image: A zinc sheet was … Continue reading

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Monoprinting from nature: progressive printing

This is not something I’ve done much of in the past as I lean more towards ‘manufactured’ shapes and abstract designs but as I’ve been saving and drying some plant material it seemed like a good opportunity to put them … Continue reading

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Connections Project – New prints & ideas

Continuing experimentation My last post described how I’m moving more towards connections & connectivity and away from circuitry.  In a break from the very sharp, semi-abstract patterning I’ve produced so far I created a word list to help me find … Continue reading

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Connections & Circuits Project – First waste prints

I thought I would show a few of the waste prints resulting from mask preparation, colour reduction when ghost printing is required and some negative imagery.  These are the building blocks for the prints I posted in my blog yesterday. … Continue reading

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Connections & Circuits Project – First prints

I’ve been very quiet on my blog while working through my first print designs.  Several things have happened over recent weeks which are pushing this project in a slightly different direction than intended. The theme of circuits and circuitry is … Continue reading

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2019 02 05 Image of the week

Nature, monoprint by Claire B

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Workshop: Print, Book, Box

Monoprinting with Glen Skein. January saw me at Sturt Summer School for 5 days of printmaking.  The program included great live-in accommodation, excellent food and several hundred people all involved in a range of workshops. Unfortunately I was struck seriously … Continue reading

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Monoprinting: Linear Containment – Final Stage

The final goal for this project has been to create some A4 sheets of handmade paper embellished/decorated/manipulated to a specific theme for inclusion in a collaborative project to be exhibited in March.  At this stage I am bound to keep … Continue reading

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Monoprinting: Linear Containment – Stage 5

A change in colour scheme: I like the colour scheme but the application isn’t great. Decided to try red on green background instead of green and yellow on red (as previous samples).  No, not for me that one.  The right … Continue reading

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Monoprinting: Linear Containment – Stage 4

Continuing with the triangles but moving into more positive and negative shapes and spaces. Above: masked prints on handmade plant fibre paper, smooth side.  These will be further worked with more layers. Above: Back-drawing in charcoal (Sepia & Pthalo Blue … Continue reading

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Monoprinting: Linear Containment – Stage 3

Loving the precise lines and solid colours of this project.  As the inking up, layering and multiple press passes is quite long-winded I only had a chance to do two samples for this stage. If you followed stages 1 & … Continue reading

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Monoprinting: Linear Containment – Stage 1 & 2

My theme for this project is ‘Linear Containment’ and my start point is a simple triangle.  These monoprints are being formed in layers using multiple masks. The aim is: to achieve crisp, sharp objects with some overlapping an ordered visual … Continue reading

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Workshop: The Mono Printed Brushmark

Experimental Printing Techniques I’ve mixed feelings about this one day class I attended yesterday.  The finished works shown by the tutor, Vivien Haley, were spectacular, beautiful colour schemes, innovative patterning and quality outcomes. Should I have felt a little put-out … Continue reading

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Printmaking with Seraphina Martin

3 1/2 days of printmaking in the Blue Mountains with Seraphina Martin has resulted in some good outcomes, a new view on ‘collaging’ print layers and some excellent tips to improve my techniques in the future.  It’s left me with … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 14: Prints

I did further work on my lino to improve the design, took a rubbing to test it, and reworked the surface of my foamex monoprint base. The impasto medium doesn’t dry 100% on the foamex, it remains slightly tacky even … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 13: Further prints.

I know I’m supposed to be moving on but I just couldn’t resist another couple of horse prints.  Yes, I’ve completed the exercise but where’s the fun if that’s all I aspire to do?  So I dedicated today to play … Continue reading

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Print 1. Projext 13: Monoprinting experimentation

I’ve been experimenting with media other than my usual oil based inks for the monoprint base to go with my linocut carousel horses. All samples are on cartridge paper. Caran D’Ache water-soluble colour crayons.  I first rubbed them dry across … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 1: Reading material

During this assignment I have referred to the following books, as well as others (recorded in the relevant posts) for research points: There aren’t many pages about monoprinting in this book but there is a lot of information crammed in … Continue reading

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Print 1. Assignment 1: Monoprints

This assignment is being submitted on-line through my learning log.  Here are the prints I have chosen from the earlier projects. Task 1 (Project 1) Two early experimental prints (blog post 11/6/14 & 20/6/14): A printed study from life (blog … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Still life – Experimentation

Re-examining the bowl. I’m finding the start of this printing course agonising.  Everything is new to me and I’m working much more slowly than I feel I should and being very painstaking in my planning and results.  This aspect of … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Still life

Bowl Study. My aim with this section of the project is to explore some textural effects and continue to improve both my colour mixing and placement when using multiple masks. In the following prints the backgrounds were produced first, followed … Continue reading

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Getting back to printing

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and so have had an extended break from printing.  To get me back in the swing again I took my student print press to the ATASDA South group meeting on Saturday and … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Dread

With war and terrorism prominent in the news these days I considered the emotions of the population caught up in war zones, those who don’t have anything to do with the fight but who are trapped in regions of unrest … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Bushfires

Following the progress of a bushfire as it advances on my home. 110gsm cartridge paper. Fire from the valley behind finally reaching the brow of the hill and enveloping the skyline tree growth. 110gsm cartridge paper. Fire advancing across the … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 4: Self Portrait

Each of the images below show the way I see myself in different moods and different times of the day.  I spent some time developing the idea and then photocopied some images from my sketchbook.  A basic photocopy was then … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Backdrawing experimentation

I liked the idea of this print so I printed a whole lot of small images on calico. I find this backdrawing method is extremely effective on fabric and I’ve managed to get a good transfer of ink with some … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Backdrawing stage 2

Backdrawing from life I first decided to trial a new registration method that I read about in one of our textbooks.  The idea is to help keep the paper in place whilst layers are built up.  Normally I wouldn’t have … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Backdrawing stage 1

Again, I started with something simple to get the idea of back drawing. The plate was inked with red, a previous ghost print of my eagle design was placed over the surface and a design was drawn on to the … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Textural printing

Moving on from just working with masked areas, we are now exploring creating texture within prints. I started with something simple: A light colour-wash was applied to medium texture water-colour paper.  As I chose to make a bigger print than … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Further multicolour printing

Using the candle image. This image from the previous section didn’t come out terribly well so I decided to use it as a base to add more layers. I thinned my light yellow ink and printed a light wash over … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Multicolour prints – progress.

Multicolour prints – three layers. All prints are on 110gsm cartridge paper except the ghost print which is on 80gsm photocopy paper. Using one of my green prints previously shown I offset the mask and printed the grey eagle.  Once … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Multicolour prints

Multicolour prints – first layer. After the recent printing issues I’ve simplified my process by choosing to use just plain 110gsm cartridge paper for the start of this exercise, as detailed in my previous post, because I feel my problems … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Further two colour masked prints

I’ve cut a simple candle design that I drew earlier in the course to see if a less detailed shape will give better print results.  Frankly, at this point, I’m not looking at the artistic side of my designs, I’m … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Experimentation

Playing with the images. I have to confess to getting quite frustrated with the printing results so far.  So, to lighten my mood, I had a mess about for my own enjoyment instead of trying for the outcomes required by … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 3: Two coloured masked monoprints

Here I am combining both positive and negative masks within each print, thereby achieving a two coloured outcome, hopefully accurately aligned.  In my last project I used plastic coated paper to make my masks but am using photocopy paper for … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 2: Finding a design

Looking for a simple but effective outline design for positive and negative masked monoprints I considered the following: candles and lighters, various small birds including swallow, hummingbird and the like, sharks, flowers and eagles. Being left-handed I tend to draw … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 1: More painted monoprints

Still having a few printing problems so I’ve read back through my previous posts in this project to review what continues to go wrong and where I’m improving.  Print improvements are minimal but colour mixing is going very well. So … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 1: Further experiments

Here we are looking at colour mixing, layering colours and more brush effects. Right: 130gsm drawing paper.  I started with black, white and Hansa yellow light.  From these I mixed a light and medium grey and a variety of greens … Continue reading

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