Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Hand Coloring Monoprints

Tree with Moon
One of the things that bothers me about print making is all the bad prints you have to suffer through before you get to the good stuff! For every 20 prints say, you might get 2 or 3 good ones. No kidding. That is a lot of wasted paper. Seriously.

The other day I was reading one of the blogs I subscribe to here and the artist mentioned hand coloring the ghost prints as an option for rescuing them. So I thought I would give it a try! Here are a few. Some more successful than others.

Moon with Mission Church
She suggested hand coloring them with watercolor but I did not get a good result with those. The paper became quite warped and the color was very drab. It became absorbed into the paper. Not good.  So I thought I would try just using the Golden Open Acrylics. I think they worked really well. I just had to make sure I used a lot of acrylics glazing liquid so that the underneath print shows through. I think this technique has a lot of possibilities.

A couple more:

Tree with Yellow Moon

Grey Mountains

1 comment:

Robbie said...

This was of enhancing your prints is a great idea. Hilary (online class) also uses different crayons (Neo color), gelato's, dyes, etc. to enhance some of our prints that didn't come out quite how we expected. I don't even consider it cheating...it's using your 'eyes' to enhance your print(s). Very cool!