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Monotype Workshop with Anthony Kirk

January 22, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Instructor: Anthony Kirk

Dates: Saturday, January 22, 2022

Time: 10AM –  2PM




Workshop Description

Anthony Kirk will lead a three-hour workshop where participants will investigate several methods of creating and printing monotypes. We will be printing with and without a press and also print from a freshly printed impression. Known as a counterproof, this enables the artist to see their print in the orientation that it was made on the plate and not the mirror image. Without reworking the pate with added ink, a second or “ghost” impression can also be pulled. Usually a brush technique where ink is applied to the plate in an additive way, the ink can also be rolled on the plate with brayers and then removed with rags and Q-tips. This is known as a reductive monotype.

Often referred to as “the painterly print”, monotypes can also be a drawing process whereby a thin layer of ink is rolled onto the plate, paper is then laid over the plate and the artist then draws on the paper. By varying the hand pressure and variety of sharpness or bluntness of the drawing tool, ink is transferred to the paper accordingly. This technique is commonly known as transfer or trace monotype and Paul Klee was an exponent of this process. He referred to this body of work as “transfer drawings”.

Non-toxic inks and water-soluble crayons will be used in a fume free environment where the clean up solvent is Dawn detergent and water. Space is limited to 12 participants and a fee of $30 per person will cover all material costs.

Participants will be printing from plate sizes 11 x 14 ins. and 18 x 24 ins on paper measuring 15 x 22 ins. and 22 x 30 ins.

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