Natural History Monoprint Demonstration


The Natural History series consists of one-of-a-kind prints called monoprints.  It takes many steps to produce each piece. The series now numbers over 150 unique works. Each print measures 12” x 18” on 24” x 30” archival paper.

Step#1:  A copper printing plate (etched in acid) is etched in a stripe pattern, then inked and printed on archival paper.

Step#2: A second copper plate, etched with a different stripe pattern is inked in a second color and printed over the first.   This gives the stripe pattern a range of overlapping, tonal colors.

Step#3: The goldfish was produced by a process called trace-transfer monotype: drawing on the reverse of the paper, which is placed face down on top of an inked plate.   This creates a rich, textured line.   The goldfish was then hand-colored with transparent inks.  The decorated paper is then glued to the striped background with archival wheat paste. This technique is called Chine collé.

Step#4: In this step, a hand-carved, inked, linoleum plate (Brain) is printed directly on the surface of the striped background.

Step#5: This is the language step.  After choosing the topic and writing and editing the statement, the fonts are hand-designed and drawn.   They are printed using the same trace-transfer technique discussed in Step #3.

Some prints have more steps/elements.   Other techniques include collage, silkscreen printing and lithography, and various traditional etching methods.