I decided to record as a blog and accompanying Wrinkles vlog, my joy of the giant red poppies that so far have come back in my garden every June, bringing the bees to them.
Each year I do something different, watercolour, acrylic, inks to record their fleeting time.
This year 2021, I thought I would continue with my interest in print making but before I write out my method I thought a bit of research and clarification was need on monotype and mono printing.
These were historically used interchangeably but these days they have come to refer to two different, though similar, types of printmaking. Both methods involve the transfer of ink from a plate to the paper, canvas, or other surface that will ultimately hold the work of art.
Monoprinting, refers to the results of plates that have permanent features on them. The most common feature would be the etched or engraved line on a metal or hard surface plate. Monoprints are variations on a theme, the theme comes from some permanent features being found or cut into the printing plate—lines, textures, these persist from print to print. Variations result from pressure, paper choice, how the plate is inked prior to each print. The variations are endless, but certain permanent features on the plate will show on all prints.
Mono-typing, in contrast, uses a featureless plate. It contains no features that will impart any definition to successive prints and so produces a unique print, or monotype. In the absence of any permanent features on the surface of the plate, all imagery is dependent on one unique inking, resulting in one unique print. Most of the ink is usually removed during the initial pressing, subsequent reprintings are possible, these prints from the original ‘plate’ are called “ghost prints.”
I used Yupo a synthetic non absorbent paper as the printing ‘plate,’ and applied the ink from a CanonMG6851 bubblejet onto the Yupo paper, through direct computer printing of an original photo.
NB: One future issue might be the impermanence of the bubblejet ink, so please take note.
The Yupo image was transferred onto a sheet of 90lb rough Winsor and Newton paper pressing the two together and using a barren tool to apply further pressure. The bubblejet inks used are mainly water-based and spritzing the substrate Winsor and Newton layer with water gave more pigment transfer as an outcome. Rubbing alcohol was used as an experimental spritz and resulted in a different textured transfer of the image, somewhat subdued.
The final piece is made up of many monotypes, each unique, it could be described as a monotype collage.