I have finally finished the trace monotypes of Teddy and Amber. Initially I couldn’t work out if they should be called monoprints as they are the same picture of Teddy and Amber or if they should be called monotypes, as a monotype is considered a one-off. I would think that if the image is the same, but you do something different to each one, then it is still part of an edition and should be numbered as a varied edition. Essentially, a monotype is a one-off print taken off of the plate. Though I am not sure what a ghost print of your monotype would be. So confusing sometimes!
In any event here is what I made.
This is what I would call a true monotype. The print on the left was created after making a trace monoprint and where I wiped out ink with some silicone tools and a Q-tip. It doesn’t really look like much and I wasn’t sure I could do anything with it, but it was the first one I worked on using oil pastels. I also took the liberty of adding a sky. Below is the trace monoprint and the photo reference.
The next one I used Derwent Inktense Pencils. I started with them dry and then wet the paper to make the colors more vibrant.
And the next one was made with watercolor and chalk pastels on top. I haven’t touched my watercolors for some time and the paper is not watercolor paper.
These last two would also be considered monotypes as the images are different sizes and have different media. I have two more prints left that have a rather clean background, but I kind of lost the will to live with trying to work out what to do with them. I am not used to painting the same thing more than once, even though it is in different media. There is only so much one can do with brown.
These were made as an exercise in making trace monotypes and I used inexpensive drawing paper that buckled when it got wet. I will need to try it out on different/better paper and be more thoughtful about my border next time. I used a matt frame from a 10×12 inch picture frame, but I may need to make a slightly smaller one so that I can have a bit of a border around the image. I may try working in A5 so that I can matt my images for an A4 picture frame.
In any event I enjoyed myself and it seems that anyone can do this technique as it is an easy way to make a painting, especially if drawing skills are lacking. If you want to see this technique in action, check out Belinda Del Pesco’s blog as she is amazing!