About my New Watercolour Monoprints

I've been experimenting in print for a little while now, using techniques that are new to me but which better suit my style of working. I have always painted, even throughout art school where I began to outwardly produce linear, clean drawings and prints. I mainly painted in my sketchbooks, using colourful ink and watercolour washes, often just as a background to a white page.

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Not my best work, but I made A LOT of these.

Then I thought... why don't I consider this work in itself, and not just an aside to my 'main' projects? I have been trying to view the things I produce more holistically, and ignore barriers between them such as 'fine art', 'craft', 'design', 'writing', etc. In the end, they are all informed by each other, and I move fluidly between them, which is personally quite a refreshing way of working.

So I began making new things, using watercolour monotype, a basic technique I covered here. It allowed me to use washes of colour and ink blot shapes just like I used to in my old sketchbooks.

Katie Ravenscraig- Eyes Open All Around (Small)
Katie Ravenscraig- Eyes Open All Around (Small)

Of course, I have always loved making intricate, fine detail work too, usually in some kind of symmetrical pattern. Masking off my paintings before printing allowed me to find a new way of approaching my drawings. Plus, they have a sweet emboss, plate mark and are one of a kind. Interestingly though, you can get more than one print out of a watercolour monotype plate. I can reliably take 3, but some artists have managed up to 6. Of course, the image gets fainter and fainter each time.

I will have more to show you before the year is over, but for now, I am off to the studio to finish making even more new pieces! :)

Development with Watercolour Monoprinting

New ideas, thoughts, work... it takes time, for me at least. Can't be forced... although targets are always good! I have been working with some of my friends towards a collaborative project- it is still in the tentative beginning stages, but just meeting up regularly and talking about our practice has been really beneficial. Of course, working in the print studio is also a great motivator! I was introduced to Watercolour Monoprintingrecently, which will be available soon as a wee course at DCA, if you want to learn how. It is so easy: essentially just painting with watercolour on a perspex plate, allowing to dry, then printing normally through a press with damp paper, reactivating the watercolour paint. You can take many prints from the same plate, too, which is different from regular monoprinting. They do get gradually softer, but it is a lovely effect to play with. It's quite suited to my painting style, too.

Okay, here are some things I have been doing with watercolour monoprinting! Magical Spheres and Fictional Landscapes...

Watercolour Monoprint #1
Watercolour Monoprint #1
Watercolour Monoprint #2
Watercolour Monoprint #2
Watercolour Monoprint with Screen Print
Watercolour Monoprint with Screen Print