Nina's Textile Trail 2

– Textiles 1: Mixed Media for Textiles

MMT4 – Monoprinting – Research

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Degas’ monotypes show a range of techniques demonstrating the texture, tone and form than can be achieved by removing ink from the print plate.  I find the visual texture appealing in The Jet Earring and whilst monotype landscapes have interesting painterly qualities, it is the tone and texture in monochrome that I am keen to explore.

The simplicity of Paul Gauguin’s traced monotypes are attractive, the slightly fuzzy quality of the line and traces of paint transferred from the plate in addition to the drawn areas create an appealing patina. The realisation that watercolour and gouache can be used for monoprinting increases its versatility.

Matisse’s beautiful monotype’s illustrate the importance of identifying important features or characteristics which will enable the subject to be represented with a few carefully selected lines.

Although I found Paul Klee’s prints a little unusual, the combination of materials is interesting.  Several of the examples included are a combination of opaque and translucent watercolour over an oil transfer drawing. The colour combinations are subtle, adding to the line drawings rather than distracting and the brighter analgous orange combination is striking.  The loose wash with patches of colour sometimes overlapping adds visual texture which works well with the  oily smudges from the back drawing.

Sophie LeCuyer’s monotypes were the first to make me gasp, the ethereal beauty and movement particularly in the figure who appears to be floating in a starry background is breathtaking.  The backgrounds seem to be textured by a spray or drips of solvent removing specks or blobs of ink in different prints.  I think there may be a combination of techniques here, including etching, but the potential to wipe away, draw or scratch into ink and splatter the background with solvent is exciting.

Layering prints in an interesting area to explore and Anne Moore’s work offers a limited palette and several translucent layers.  I like the suggestion of text in the background and find the slightly bolder graphic shapes and selective palette calming.

Linda Germain’s prints are included to represent monoprinting from a gelatin plate.  As a Textile Artist, I relish the opportunity to add more tools to my toolkit and whilst I see the benefit and quality achieved by professional presses, printing inks and specialist paper, monoprinting is a tool that can be used very simply with acrylic paints and a printing or textile medium without a press in the home studio, making it a very versatile technique for the textile artist in the design process.   (accessed 17.7.16)   (accessed 17.7.16)  (accessed 17.7.16) (accessed 17.7.16)



One thought on “MMT4 – Monoprinting – Research

  1. I agree Nina. Sometimes it can be presented as a prohibitively complex and resource heavy process. Glad that the textilers can see it for what it is!

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