Introduction to Part 4, Mono and collatype printing

This part of the course promises to introduce us to two styles of printmaking; Monoprinting and Collatype printing. The course notes describe each of the techniques as :

Monoprinting, also known as ‘printed painting’ is where the artist works into the wet print inks to create an image that is then taken as a print. Working in this way leads to spontaneous and loose work. In most cases you can only take one good print, resulting in a unique piece of work. A variation of monoprinting is where stancils are used to mask off spaces on the inked surface to create negative space on the printed image.’

Collatype printing, also known as collagraph, is where a group of materials or small objects are fixed to a piece of card to create a textured block that is used to print with.’

I am particularly excited to start this section of the course. I have always liked making collatype print blocks when I have experimented with it in the past although at a much more basic level, it appeals to the collector and hoarder in me. I love using things that I find around me to create art and always collect bits and pieces that may come in useful later so it maybe a chance for me to put them to good use.

I have not done much Monoprinting but have done a little and enjoyed it in the past so it will be great to revisit this technique now that I am growing in confidence a little.

I am going to make a start by looking more closely at the two techniques and try to get a wider knowledge of them. Then look at some of the artists mentioned in the course notes, collect some information and images of their work and add them to my file. I hope that this will give me an insight into the techniques and some of the ways artists use them in their work. I am hoping this will inspire me and add direction to my own work during this section of the course.





About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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