This past weekend I took a monotype printing workshop with Denver artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, who also owns and runs Capsule Gallery and Event Center in the Santa Fe Arts District.
WOW! I have been wanting to get an introduction to monotypes for awhile and loved learning in this workshop. We had a small group – just four of us – which was really a perfect size. As a primarily watermedia artist, I was both excited and frustrated to work with oil-based paints and inks – I love experimenting, but the oil-based paints sure behave differently than watercolors/gouache/acrylic.
I was intrigued by how different the process is from my watermedia painting. Paints/inks are applied to a plexi “plate” with an infinite number of tools and then run through the press to print the image on paper. I think it is the “running through the press” part that intrigued me. Introducing such a machine into my creative process since it applies a bit of the unknown to the final result is pretty cool (well, as a beginner, it applied ALOT of the unknown to my images!). Loved it and will be doing it again… check out one of my monotypes below.
It was also a big bonus to get to work with Lauri – I’ve bumped into her a few times around the art world and really appreciate her contributions. I believe she plans to have additional workshops in the future – Lauri, how can people reach you if they’re interested?
Monotype workshop in the basement at Capsule.
A few of my first prints… and the press in the background.
Untitled, monotype, 8×5″.