4 days intensive on Monoprint
with guest artist Shabnam Sarmadi
June 19 to July 10
Mo. 4 to 6.30 p.m. - 65 € + 15 € for material
During the workshop, we'll concentrate on water ink and water oil based techniques.
Our aim will be the completion of 5 images with a narrative or poetic thread. The micro-narration can be a diary, a collection of impression, the illustration of a short tale or whatever moves your will of expression or curiosity.
The workshop is divided in different steps/stages:
1. Introduction to workshop's aim: ending of 5 images that follow a narrative or thematic thread
2. Presentation of different techniques and possibilities
3. First sketches and experiments
4. Work on techniques, papers and all possibilities
5. Development of the project
6. Completion of the project
Available material ( 15 € to pay for ):
. color: water-based inks, water-based oil colors
. ink roller
elements of work: stylus and various elements, tissues, paper, cotton swap...
transparent paper for architecture
self made swab
Material to bring
. paper - any kind
. one plexiglass panel ( max A3 )
. different elements you would like to print on the paper, like leaves, textiles, staples or many others ( feel free to choose also not to bring any )
. paint brushes ( at least one big and one small )
. a rolling pin
. a cutter
. markers and pencils ( different sizes )
The monotype consists in a image painted on a support (glass, plexi glass, various non-absorbent substrates , etc. ) then printed on a damp sheet of paper through pressure. The charm of the monotype is then in simplicity and in low-cost mediums; the press indeed is not indispensable since the simple manual pressure, with a rolling pin for example, can give a good and interesting result.
The color can be laid directly onto the surface with a brush, with fingers or other mediums, different elements ( like laces, leaves) can be colored and printed, inserted as graphic elements in the composition, which can be fresh and gestural but also very elaborate, with different stages of printing.
It's a unique artistic product, which cannot be reprinted in a number of copies as with engravure. For the strong influence of the chance in the creative process, the monotype can give amazing results, even unexpected, just with the most simple mediums. The variety of techniques, compositions and colors, creates an almost infinite range of possibilities, for instance you can create stamps for modular works, print repeatedly on the same sheet or mix techniques.
The possibility of strong gestures and the use of saturated colors allows a really strong pictorial result, this freedom and expressive power, makes the monotype one of the most beloved means of expression of artists from 1900 onward. "