So...I promised I'd share my experience with monoprinting and I've finally screwed up the courage to do so. For those of you who don't have experience with printmaking, I'll share a very basic overview of several typical methods:
Monotype or monoprint: There are two ways to create a this type of print - by rolling ink onto a smooth plate (ie. glass), drawing a design into it and pressing paper onto that pattern; or by again rolling ink onto a plate and using a tool to press into the back of the paper to transfer ink to the paper (which is what I did). These tend to be singular prints.
Engraving or etching: Incising a pattern into a hard, flat surface such as metal with tools (engraving) or using a ground such as wax then acids (etching).
Lithography: This one is a little more complicated. A chemical process using a limestone or metal plate along with water-repelling and water-retaining properties to create more detailed images.
Woodcut or linocut: This is the one most people are familiar with...cutting out the negative spaces in surfaces such as wood, linoleum or rubber to create a 'stamp' on which to apply colour that transfers to paper.
Screenprint: Woven mesh is stretched onto a frame and a stencil is created (using items such as a liquid rubber). Once dry, ink is placed inside the frame and pulled along the image with a squeegee to transfer colour to paper or fibre.
I had such high hopes as I have been a fan of the printmaking process for years and a follower of many artists who practice it. But I have to say that with this little experiment I preferred the watercolour backgrounds I created to the final printed images. Maybe it's the vibrant colour I prefer. Oh well...I had fun. Though I think I'll stick with paint & canvas ;)
AIRdirondack Art Project