One of the innovations at the art club this year, has been the benefit of club members' skills in running workshops, giving demonstrations and talks. The last two weeks Lynn has run two workshops telling us about Mono printing and then allowed members to try it for themselves.
Fortunately, the technique was fairly quick, so we could produce a variety of prints starting with rolling ink on a plastic sheet, then placing paper on top of it before doing a simple drawing. We were then able to experiment with adding offcuts of cloth, wallpaper or other materials to the sheet, and after inking them up some interesting abstract results were accomplished. To take this further, pastels or paints could be added at a later date. Different effects could be achieved and we could also print on coloured paper.
Before the break, we prepared some sheets by painting a watercolour wash on them. When dry, we were able to use the techniques, we had practiced, to then print on top of the watercolour base and try out more ideas. Again, some of these were more successful than others., but it was certainly an interesting learning curve.
A really enjoyable couple of hours, in both sessions and a fascinating insight into one aspect of printing by a very knowledgeable member of the club.
A record of Wednesday evening activities.