Painting or Print? Both!

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:

Sun Break — watercolour monoprint, 5x7 inches

Sun Break — watercolour monotype, 5×7 inches

Shore Pine — watercolour monoprint, 5x7 inches

Shore Pine — watercolour monotype, 5×7 inches

4 responses to “Painting or Print? Both!

  1. I used to work at a high quality printer who would reproduce limited runs on paintings. I’ve got many ‘proof’ sheets signed by artists that are not part of the x amount signed. Wonder if they are worth anything. .. One artist in particular has passed on. .. and you know dieing makes your art worth more! Ok, kinda sick but true!
    I love the shore pine!


  2. Artist’s proofs are a legitimate part of a limited edition print run, but I’m not familiar enough with the reproduction print market to tell you what they are worth — if you want to sell them, you might try contacting some gallery owners that deal in reproduction prints. There may also be ways to find out online. But if you are not thinking about selling them, just enjoy them and don’t worry about their worth — the best reason to collect art is because you love it!


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