Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monotypes and Monoprints

Last week I was lucky enough to spend some time with Rayna at her studio. We worked with Akua color paints using her table top press to print on paper and fabric. (I tried to remember the difference between a monotype and monoprint. I do know--now--but don't ask me.) The colors we used were red, yellow, and black. We got tired of them by the end of the day, but were so busy figuring out how much paint to use, how to apply it best, what difference the paper made, what fabric worked, etc., etc., that we'll have to save color play for next time.

We started out with leaves. And did a lot of experimentation.

Then I made a collagraph plate using masking tape, duct tape, cut paper, bark, fabric scraps, and thread:

And here it is after being used and its printed image on paper:

We were both amazed how the subtle elements in the materials you use--for example, teeny pinhole stripes on the duct tape--show up in the print. And I kept forgetting that the image gets reversed.


Rayna said...

Hi Rachel -- I couldn't have done it without you. It is always so much better and more fun to experiment with someone else!

Rachel said...

It was fun! Planning to do any more? Or too busy getting ready for Houston?

Mandi said...

I know this is an old post...but I was wondering how you liked these inks on fabric? I am thinking of getting a little starter set but wasn't sure if they're as nice on silks or cotton as they seem for paper. Thanks!

Rachel said...

Mandi, the colors seemed better on paper, but I didn't experiment with different fabrics, only cotton. Experimentation on silk and rayon would be fun!