The workshop “Printing Monotypes Using a Gelatin Plate” will be held at the Discovery Center at Deep Creek Lake. A monotype is a fine “hand pulled” print that is created by applying paint/ink to a plate and transferring the subsequent image to paper by means of a printing press or by hand. Since most of the ink comes off with the first printing, it is impossible to have more than one identical image from a single plate. Monotype is considered to be the most “painterly” of the fine art printing techniques.
Without the use of a printing press, participants in this two-day workshop will explore the creation of monotypes using non-toxic water miscible oil paints to create luminous layers of color. Creation of the gelatin plate, use of stencils, demonstrations of techniques for printing and methods for painting images on the plate with a brush will be presented. Participants will be encouraged to explore these techniques to find their own voice in the process.
The enrollment fee is $100, which includes all tools and materials.
The instructor, Jean Barnes Downs, has been working with monotypes for many years during which time she printed primarily without a printing press. Her prints focus on her love of nature and her concern for the fragile environment. She displays at many local galleries and maintains a website at www.solitudestudio.com.