Trace Monotypes: Printing Without a Press

Event Info

This virtual workshop takes place with CBA on March 13, 2024 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

  • Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Please Note: Registration for this workshop closes on March 6th, at 11:59 pm.

About the Workshop:

This virtual workshop is taught by CBA instructor Beth Sheehan.
Trace monotypes can add a beautiful and ethereal look to your prints and have unlimited possibilities! Students will learn about the variety of mark making, layering, and textures possible as well as learning about some common problems and their solutions.
This workshop will cover ink types and modifications, the proper amount of ink, and tricks for layout and registration. It will also explore proper papers and tools, printing techniques, possibilities for variation and experimentation, and cleaning up in a home studio. This workshop is designed for those of all experience levels!
Fun Fact: French Post-Impressionist artist Paul Gauguin favored trace monotypes which he referred to as “oil transfer drawings.”

Required Materials:

  • Plexiglass, ideally larger than print size (glass or similar would also work)
  • Paper, smooth and text-weight are best but most papers work well
  • Block-printing ink/letterpress ink
  • Brayer
  • Ink knife
  • Tracing paper
  • Tape, preferably blue artist’s tape/painter’s tape
  • Images or drawings to trace (optional)
  • Textures and stamps, (optional)
  • Ink cleaner, some inks clean up with regular soap and water, most oil-based and rubber-based inks clean up with oils (baby oil, crisco, vegetable oil, etc.)
  • Paper towels and gloves for cleanup

About Beth Sheehan

Elizabeth (Beth) Sheehan is a printmaker, papermaking, and book artist living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her work investigates ideas of memory and perception to explore her own lack of episodic memory. Sheehan’s work has been exhibited internationally and is held in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Center for Book Arts, and the San Francisco Public Library. She has worked as a professional printer at Durham Press in Pennsylvania and at Harlan and Weaver in New York. She was also the Lead Binder and Bindery Manager at Small Editions in Brooklyn and teaches paper, print, and book workshops around the country.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

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