Sunday, September 27, 2009


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!


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