Monotype-The Basics and Improv

The appeal of the Monotype lies in the unique translucency that creates a quality of light very different from a painting. Energy, improvisation, gesture, impulse, and chance – these are the characteristics of Monotype printing according to William Jung, who together with Susan Rostow developed the popular non-toxic Akua inks. This versatile process allows considerable freedom in the approach to imagery. Although in existence since the time of Rembrandt, Degas created some 300-500 Monotypes and his enthusiasm affected other contemporaries who explored the technique: Pissaro, Cassatt, and Gauguin to name a few. Diane Brinker has a generous teaching style, guiding novices and seasoned artists alike to charge their creativity with the spontaneity inherent in this kind of printmaking. Her workshops are popular with an upbeat, fresh, energetic approach to experimentation. She will cover the basics of additive and reductive inking, and then introduce other enhancements such as chine colle (collage), trace monotype or transfer drawing, stencils, and the use of fabrics or other texturing tools. Participants will be encouraged to create a series, or Monotype printing can also be a transition work, drawing and painting over them with pastels, pencils, oil paint, or watercolor.


No prior experience necessary.