Sunday, September 27, 2009

Birds!



Long hours have been spent in the studio, making new monotypes. I have found a lighter weight printmaking paper that is enabling me to get better prints without a printing press, and I am having lots of fun. In my sketchbook, I have many tiny sketches of animals. The sketchbook itself is small - about 6 x 5 inches. So these sketches of animals are often dime-sized or smaller. They are just little quick sketches I do of the animals I see outside the window. As it turns out, many of them happen to be birds. Some of them were so much fun, that I decided to use them for making monotypes. I drew larger versions of these little sketches onto cardboard. (I save cardboard from boxes of crackers, cereal, or other food items.) I then cut the drawings out. Then, they get ink rolled on them, are placed on top of an inked plate, and are printed onto my printmaking paper. I have been using a baren, a pin press and a wooden spoon to apply pressure. For a step by step tutorial on how I print monotypes without a press, click here.

Here are a few of the results. The first one (at the top of this post) is called "Inquiry II", and measures 10 x 8 inches. The next one is untitled, and measures 5 x 7 inches.


This one is "Calling II" and measures 8 x 10 inches.


I hope to have a few of the new ones listed for sale in my etsy shop by the end of the week. I will be sure to let you know when that happens!

5 comments:

ArtPropelled said...

You've put your bird sketches to good use. These are charming!

bigBANG studio said...

KARINE, these are WONDERFUL!!! They have a new, fresh energy to them and the simplified color palette (one color for the figure, one color-family for the ground) works perfectly for these- keep them coming! They're FAHHHHBULOUS!

julie king said...

hi, karine! just catching up on what you've been up to lately. i see you've been busy!! i love the simple, rustic quality of these. i'm off to see how you do this. take care!

Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi karine!
oh these are truly magical!
i just love them!

bigBANG studio said...

I'm just pulled up your blog to show P. the bird monotypes and again, I just love this little orange guy. The colors are so perfect together. Anywho, we love what you're making these days! xo