Monoprint classes are held in my North Berkeley studio in a quiet garden setting. The class size is limited to four students and allows for personal attention as well as independent work. The classes encourage experimentation and provide a supportive and friendly atmosphere.
Using a Griffin etching press, participants will be shown several techniques:
Multi-drop printing uses vibrant oil-based inks to apply thin veils of color to a plate. The print is built layer by layer. The “ghost” print can be developed as a subdued version of the first print.
Dry-point etching is a way of drawing into a plate to create a fine line element in the monoprint. Dry-point can be combined with multi-drop or with chine-collé.
Chine-collé is a collage process. Prints can be made using a combination of Asian papers or hand-made papers and drawings. In the printing process, the inks mingle with the papers in a way that would be difficult to achieve in traditional collage.
Linoleum block printing is a relief process where the surface is carved and linoleum is removed to create a strong crisp line. Carving tools and relief inks are used in this subtractive process.
Participants in the class can develop abstract forms, representational imagery, or experiment with color interactions and a variety of techniques. The classes are open to complete beginners and seasoned printers alike.