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The Monotype

"Energy, improvisation, gesture, impulse and chance are all characteristics of this printing process. It is the most 'painterly' and immediately rewarding technique available for creating works on paper. It's a printing process where the artist doesn't have to worry about all of the 'technical' aspects of printmaking and can instead concentrate on being creative. How the ink is applied and manipulated with all of its individual characteristics will be reflected in the print, which is what makes monotypes so unique."

                                                                                   - from History of the Monotype, by William Jung

The leftover ink on plate, or ghost image, can sometimes be the inspiration for a new print

The leftover ink on plate, or ghost image, can sometimes be the inspiration for a new print

Adjusting the pressure of the press effects the outcome of the print.

Adjusting the pressure of the press effects the outcome of the print.

For me, monoprinting and painting are one and the same.

For me, monoprinting and painting are one and the same.

Mokulito

Mokulito is like lithography, in that it relies on the fact that water and oil do not mix. In mokulito, however, the plate is made of an organic substance: wood and as a result the image changes slightly each time the plate is printed. In that sense, each print is unique, much like monoprinting. The unpredictability and texture of the wood makes for exciting results. Another characteristic is that you can treat your plate like a woodcut and carve into it. I like to use a dremel (drill used by engravers) to create lines and textures. It's an exciting new medium for me, which I hope to explore for a long time!

 

The Metamorphosis of a Mokulito Plate

Print 1 Marks are sharp. Added different color ink to the negative spaces.    

Print 1
Marks are sharp. Added different color ink to the negative spaces.

 

Print 3 Adding orange ink and more of the wood grain is coming through.    

Print 3
Adding orange ink and more of the wood grain is coming through.

 

Print 5   Adding blue and yellow ink.   Marks are really breaking down and the wood grain is very pronounced.

Print 5
Adding blue and yellow ink. Marks are really breaking down and the wood grain is very pronounced.

Print 6 Ghost print of plate 5.   Print faintly picks up the yellow and the marks from the previous plate      I added and removed color etching ink to bring back the white.

Print 6
Ghost print of plate 5. 
Print faintly picks up the yellow and the marks from the previous plate 

I added and removed color etching ink to bring back the white.