This afternoon I instructed “Monoprint Marathon“, part of the Applied Arts Program at Wellesley College. The program offers a series of free workshops for the Wellesley community throughout the year. I teach courses in Drawing and Two-Dimensional Design in the Art Department, but I’m also a printmaker, so it was great to have this opportunity to share my skills in printmaking here at Wellesley.
We had an excellent turnout for this workshop, 16 participants total. Monoprinting is an excellent technique for a one time workshop, compared to other printmaking techniques it requires no prior printmaking experience and achieves fast results. Known as the “painterly print”, monoprints occupy an odd place in printmaking: the essential definition of a print the ability to produce multiples, and yet monoprinting is a technique which by inherent nature is only capable of producing one unique print.
Preparing the plexiglass plates to work on. Participants could choose to work additively with a brush, reductively by inking up their entire plate and removing the ink with a rag, or a combination of the two. The tools in monoprinting are essentially whatever you can get your hands on to move the ink across the surface of the plate: a brush, a rag, an ink knife, your fingers, etc.
Painting directly onto the plexiglass plate.
Running the plexiglass plate through the printmaking press.
Pulling the print off of the plexiglass plate after being run through the printmaking press. The wonderful thing about monoprints (and prints in general) is the unpredictable nature of the final result. While the press allows the tiniest details to be transferred onto the paper, the end result is always somewhat of a surprise.