Monotype Printmaking with Lisa Snow Lady. Demonstration at Seattle DANIEL SMITH

Lisa Snow Lady demonstrating her monotype techniques at the Seattle DANIEL SMITH Store

Lisa Snow Lady demonstrating her monotype techniques at the Seattle DANIEL SMITH Store

It was hard being inside on the beautiful, spring-like day we had today to attend the FREE Weekend Demo at the Seattle DANIEL SMITH Store, fortunately seeing Lisa Snow Lady’s floral monoprints and demo more than made up for it. 

 
First of all, the story behind Lisa’s name is that her maiden name is Snow, and her husbands last name is Lady.  Lisa trained as a painter and has for the last 15 years been working on monotypes as well.  She finds that the process, for her, is similar to painting.   
 
During the hour long demo, Lisa created a monoprint of two pears showing us some of the basic techniques, as well as some fun ways to get some creative visual effects. 
 
Lisa Snow Lady at DANIEL SMITH

Lisa Snow Lady at DANIEL SMITH

Lisa works from a drawing on paper of her subject, then lays the plexiglass plate over the drawing so that she can see the drawing through the plexiglass.  Then Lisa mixes her inks on a glass palette with a brayer.  Once she has mixed the desired color, she begins to apply that color with the brayer, onto the areas on the glass to cover the desired areas of the drawing she can see through the plexiglass.  Lisa keeps mixing ink colors and applying them to cover areas of the plexiglass.  Lisa may at that time “draw” into the flat applications of paint with q-tips, or other objects to remove some of the ink she just applied.  The printmaking paper then is placed on the inked plexiglass and run through the press.  The paper with an image is removed and the plexiglass plate is cleaned. 

 
These steps are repeated over and over with creative modifications such as: laying decorative papers down on the ink, “painting” the ink onto the plexiglass getting more painterly effects and more.  The possibilities are infinite!
 
While Lisa uses a printing press at her studio, and for the demo she used one of the Seattle Stores’ display presses, you can use a brayer on thinner paper or even wet the paper so that ink can go on thicker.  It won’t have quite the same effect, but you will get different effects to work with.
The demo was a basic “how to” for doing painterly monoprints on to paper using these supplies:
 
Materials:
* Miracle Gel Reducer (or Flash Oil)
* Good rag printmaking paper – Rives BFK
* Thin colored/textured papers such as “Mango Paper”, “Lama Li” or “Thai Unru”
Acrylic Matte Medium (for printmaking effects)
* Silk Span or Silk Tissue (for printmaking effects)
* 2 blotters – one for registration  (Lisa likes to use old phone books for blotting paper)
 
Tools:
* Plexiglass plate (to apply ink onto to print onto paper when running through press)
* File for beveling edges of plate
* Hard bristle brushes (for “painting” ink onto to plexiglass plate for effects)
* Glass palette for mixing ink and rolling out ink with brayers
* Q-tips
* Palette knife (for mixing ink and scratching designs into applied ink on plexiglass plate)
* Foam Brushes
* Straight edge for tearing (tearing decorative papers to apply to design)
* Colored pencils
* Masking tape
 
Clean up:
* Rags/paper towels
* Vegetable oil or Turpinoid Natural for cleaning brushes/rollers
* Simple Green or Soy Solve for cleaning surface
 
I came to this FREE demo not knowing much about the monoprint process, and left fascinated by the kinds of effects that Lisa is able to produce onto a piece of printmaking paper!
Thank you Lisa!
 
 
Every Day,  Express Yourself with Art….
 
~Deborah Burns
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