Recently I took a new type of class for me. I took a monotype printmaking class with Lori Hendrickson. She is an amazing artist and I’m so glad I took this class.
I have to be honest that I had no idea what I was signing up for but I took it because my art buddy suggested it and I didn’t have another class on tap.
The four week monotype class was just what I wanted and needed! This process was invigorating and freeing. I was able to mix colors of paint, create lots and lots of fun textures, scrap away parts I didn’t like, and then hope my print would take. I was prolific and made so many prints during my month. Many are unfinished and I intend to go back and later add pen and ink or mixed media to the prints.
So here is a collection of the prints I made with the last one being my favorite:
What I loved about the monotype class is that I had to just let go. I had to let go of perfection, of hope, of being in love the with plate I painstakingly made. No matter how I loved the plate I made, when I prepared it and readied it for printing…the print never, ever resulted how I expected. So even though I couldn’t tell you how I made the plate that resulted in this plate, this is the closeup of my favorite.
I love the colors, shapes, and textures in this one:
So what did I learn taking this class? I love monotype printing. I love an artistic process where I can’t control the final product and I love how the plates transformed into a magical surprise.
I ended up buying the supplies to make my own monotypes and I look forward to making some soon!