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.
The instructor will be discussing ink types and modifications, the proper amount of ink and tricks for layout and registration, proper papers and tools to obtain desired affect, printing techniques, possibilities for variation and experimentation, and cleaning up in a home studio.
Students will need the following 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
- 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 the instructor:
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. Her 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. Sheehan 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.
Images courtesy of the instructor
About the Center for Book Arts:
The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. The Center seeks to facilitate communication between the book arts community and the larger spheres of contemporary visual and literary arts, while being a model organization locally, nationally, and internationally within the field. We achieve this through exhibitions, classes, public programming, literary presentations, opportunities for artists and writers, publications, and collecting.