Tidal Pools – a monoprint on Paper using Dyes

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13-Apr-2011 16:41, HP HP Scanjet 8300

 

 

I wish I was at the beach! It’s hot and getting hotter! This print was inspired by standing with my feet in saltwater on a Gloucester beach last year.  The sunlight sparkled on the rippling waters, highlighting all the pebbles as they rolled in the gentle surf.  When I was working on the print, I began to embellish and add imagery from the tidal pools in Maine that I love so much.

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13-Apr-2011 16:39, HP HP Scanjet 8300

 

Learning to make Art Journals

Jennet Jones, from Feathered Nest Studio, taught a class on making simple art journals at Ragged Edge Studio

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06-Jul-2011 10:24, Panasonic DMC-FZ100, 2.8, 4.5mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 100

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06-Jul-2011 11:05, Panasonic DMC-FZ100, 3.2, 9.2mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 100

Front cover of my monoprinted art journal.

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Front cover of my monoprinted art journal.06-Jul-2011 10:28, Panasonic DMC-FZ100, 2.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 100

 
The back cover!

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The back cover!06-Jul-2011 10:28, Panasonic DMC-FZ100, 2.8, 4.5mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 100

For my first project I made an envelope rather than a journal.

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For my first project I made an envelope rather than a journal.06-Jul-2011 10:27, Panasonic DMC-FZ100, 2.8, 4.5mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 100

and the back of my envelope!

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and the back of my envelope!06-Jul-2011 10:28, Panasonic DMC-FZ100, 2.8, 4.5mm, 0.077 sec, ISO 100

 

What a great way to use those prints that just don’t quite make it on their own!  She showed us lot’s of other ideas for interesting books, and it’s really got me excited to create more.

Making Monoprint T-Shirts

Painting the thickened dye on to the glass-topped table.

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Painting the thickened dye on to the glass-topped table.01-Jul-2011 23:08

Picking up dye pattern on the second side of the T-shirt.

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Picking up dye pattern on the second side of the T-shirt.01-Jul-2011 23:16

The printed T-shirt.

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The printed T-shirt.01-Jul-2011 23:16

 

Liz, Steve and I made some graffiti styled T’s for fun, funky gifts.  We painted the thickened dye on a glass table top using brushes, fingers and squeeze bottles.

Thickened dye painted on the glass topped table, ready to print the T-shirt.

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Thickened dye painted on the glass topped table, ready to print the T-shirt.01-Jul-2011 22:42

 
The artist with her wearable art!

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The artist with her wearable art!01-Jul-2011 22:50

 
Liz made this one with her cousin in mind!

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Liz made this one with her cousin in mind!02-Jul-2011 00:10

This was the first one Liz made, it will be lighter once dryed and washed.

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This was the first one Liz made, it will be lighter once dryed and washed.02-Jul-2011 00:10

A monoprinted T-shirt before washing.

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A monoprinted T-shirt before washing.02-Jul-2011 00:10

 

Recent grids

"Wet" dyes on paper, 18"X24"

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"Wet" dyes on paper, 18"X24"19-May-2011 17:39, EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY KODAK DX6490 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA, 3.2, 12.4mm, 0.067 sec

 
ghost print from "Wet" , dye on paper, 18"x24"

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ghost print from "Wet" , dye on paper, 18"x24"19-May-2011 17:38, EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY KODAK DX6490 ZOOM DIGITAL CAMERA, 3.2, 13.7mm, 0.05 sec

 

These prints are made using thickened dyes, rather than printmakng inks.  The image on the right is the ghost print.

You can see the first print hanging at The Arts Center of the Capital District for Fence Salon, which runs until July 17.

Still loving those grids….

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25-May-2011 11:19, HP HP Scanjet 8300

 

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25-May-2011 11:26, HP HP Scanjet 8300

 

When I began to use printmaking I brought to it the same techniques I used in the Jordan Marsh collages, but now I added the ink.   I started again with found materials, the backing from 5×7 frames.  You should be able to pick out  the barcodes! I also cut paper into random grids.   Before I stitched them together I rolled them with Speedball water soluble block printing ink, which drys so the the papers could be handled.  Run thru the press on to damp paper, the result is what you see on the right.