This time-lapse video shows the creation of a monotype print drawn with oil sticks on a glass plate in one step and then printed/rubbed by hand to a sheet of paper. It took one hour to do this demo piece. The complete image was drawn in one step and the color was manipulated with some tissue and scraping tools like of brushes etc. to form details.
Later I did another version (see image below) in which the colors were laid down to the glass plate with a brush. In this print I worked in many subsequent steps and the whole process took about three hours. Some details such as the figure silhouettes and some details on windows were drawn with oil sticks. The colors I used were: cobalt blue, magenta, yellow, ochre, van Dyke brown and ivory black. One can see that painting with brushes results in a softer appearance and less sharply defined lines and edges.
Working with brushes in layers allows to create interesting textures. Especially dark shadows can be controlled very well that way. Instead of the flat black that I used in the demo version for the dark shadows I applied several layers of violets mixed from cobalt blue and magenta plus some van Dyke brown.
I opened a shop on Etsy.com recently to sell my original monotype prints. The collection in the shop is slowly growing. New works will be added step by step.
For some time I will place “special bargain” offers in that shop. Readers of this weblog will have a clear advantage over those folks who do not find my work that quickly.
ETSY is really cool. It is amazing to see how far developed the “handmade industry” meantime is. The ETSY people believed in that idea and they were right. The company cultivates a supporting and inspiring environment for their members.
I think there is no comparison as to help and support how to succeed on their marketplace.
What made me open a shop however was that the “listing fees” for putting a piece of art into the shop are small. ETSY charges a fair commission if the item is sold.
The special bargain I want offer today is the Monotype print above. I did in 2006 and it shows a really red snapper.
Wendy Orville has a number of beautiful tree monotype prints in her landscape portfolio. Her sensitive use of colors, masterly control of tonalities and color saturation together with strong drawing/graphic skills are impressive and make for the excellent quality of her work in my opinion. I asked for permission to display this specific piece, because I like the structures that represent the foliage in particular. There is a whole world captured in a small print in size of 9×9 inches.
I think it is worthwhile to devote some time to these beautiful monotype prints. Wendy Orville is also an experienced teacher and holds workshops at her Inkgarden studios. Thank you Wendy for the inspiration and the permission to display one of your works on this blog!