Contact, Transfer or Trace monotype all refer to the same process of creating printed marks on paper. It’s a great way to make graphic imagery with a printerly feel.
Many of us remember when we wanted to make a carbon copy on the typewriter. And the time we put the carbon paper in backwards? The result was a reverse impression on the back of the original. Well that’s kind of what happens here. Paper is laid on top of an inked plate. An image is drawn or impressed onto the back side of the paper. When the paper is lifted the resulting impression is the printed image in reverse. You will learn about ink preparation, experimenting with various papers and mark making instruments as well as the many applications for this process. This program is suited to all levels of experience and no press is necessary.
This 2 hour interactive demo includes questions from participants followed by optional 30 minute individualized Confer and Critique Add-On sessions that may be purchased in advance below or at checkout. Additional hour long Confer ‘n Critique sessions may be scheduled by appointment. Please see the recommended supply list below.
For a full hands-on engagement you will need the following:
- A minimal monotype work station complete with a palette, Akua inks and solvents, monotype plate(s), brayer(s) and palette knife(ves)
- Magnesium carbonate powder or Akua Mag Mix
- A sharpie marker
- Various mark making implements to experiment with- pencils with different hardness and sharpness, textured items, be creative.
- A small selection of different papers to experiment with
- Optional: A monotype composition in progress
- A thin and slick paper like wax paper or freezer paper
- Some blue painter’s tape
- A simple printing station- This can be a sturdy flat surface like a table with a glass top. For continued use and registration purposes a grid, some kind of cross-section paper or a simple drawn guide can be put beneath the glass. OR if you already have a press with a registration grid or hand printing station that would be perfect. Check out this short video guide to creating a hand printing station. For some additional info about setting up your studio for whatever level you are at please visit the Materials List.