A print is usually thought of as a cheap reproduction of an existing work of art, something you can make lots and lots of, perhaps limiting the edition to make them worth more. Handmade prints, however, are works of art in themselves, each one controlled from start to finish by the artist’s hand (though sometimes the printing part itself is handled by an expert printmaker). Hand-pulled prints, as they are called, because each one is pulled from the press by hand, include a huge diversity of methods used to make them, and I’ll post about some of those in the future.
For tonight I’d like to show you a couple of examples of a printmaking medium that I like a lot, because the result is both a unique painting and a print, with effects that cannot be achieved any other way — the watercolour monotype, also called a monoprint. And tomorrow’s Technique-of-the-Week post will be about how to go about doing this very low-tech method of printmaking!
Here are a couple of my favourites: