Art Tutorial with Pauline Leonard.
Today I had the great pleasure to teach Pauline Leonard on the technique of monoprinting. Pauline is a Melbourne artist. She attended RMIT in the nineties and has kept on making art, primarily painting.
This was a great opportunity for her and myself I must say, to introduce her to this great printmaking technique. For me, it was a chance to demonstrate to another artist exactly what I do and pass on valuable information from years of experience.
I started first off by demonstrating how I make a monotype and asked Pauline to just watch and observe what I was doing. Whilst working away, I would add comments and explain the various stages of the process. Once I was finished and produced a couple of test prints; displaying various applications of ink and modes of viscosity, it was Pauline's turn to have a go.
She was on the ball and picked it up so quickly ! Great to see her experiment with different size brushes and pushing the ink around with confidence. The challenging part was to know how much ink to put on by brush and how much to dab or wipe away from the surface.
Also a good lesson learnt for Pauline was to see blobs of ink around the edges of the print which she forgot to wipe or clean off the perspex plate, before printing with the clean paper. I always find it annoying when it happens to me !
In all, it was a fun afternoon. I hope Pauline continues to explore what she learnt today. As i explained to her, monoprinting can be a great way to explore an image and get ideas down fast if you wish. It's a process that once it begins, it generates more creativity. It is also great to do at home and you don't have to use toxic inks or solvents. Methylated is my preferred cleaning solution, but water is all you really need.
I have added some pics from our session below showing some stages in the process.
Pauline Leonard cleaning the perspex plate from a previous print.
Pauline Leonard drawing or inking the perspex plate. She used an interesting combination of brush and the back end of the brush to make marks on the plate. She also picked off blobs of ink that she felt were too big.
Pauline Leonard applied the clean paper over the plate and is using a rubber roller to apply pressure.
Pauline Leonard is pulling the print from the plate. The image is now on the paper in reverse. Great to see her smile and succeed ! She is now a MONOPRINTER !! Well done !!
Artist living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Paintings, works on paper. Mostly creates monotypes and monoprints