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October 21, 2012 October 21, 2012

Filed under: Daily Post,Watercolors — lindahalcombfineart @ 1:14 pm
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Something a little bit different today… In the Cheng Khee Chee workshop he taught a technique that uses a monoprint as the basis for a painting. You paint thick, relatively undiluted watercolor on a shiny white masonite surface and then place a piece of japanese paper (he uses unsized Kozo paper) on top of it. You can lift it and if you don’t get enough transfer put it down again and spritz with water. You then mount the damp monoprint on a piece of masa and let it dry. Then you LOOK to see what you can find.

In this monoprint I thought I saw the sun peaking through a forest so that’s how I developed the  painting. Again I used watercolor and colored pencil. I did a rough outline on the paper before starting to paint but I wanted to be careful with the paper. I’m not sure how fragile it is. I did find out that the unsized paper is very absorbant. It was really fun to work with. Very different. Here’s the final product. At least final…for now!

Monoprint 1 – Finished

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11 Responses to “October 21, 2012”

  1. lou elio Says:

    sounds fun… reminds me of a happy accident i had 20 years ago when i was trying to make “3d” paintings by painting on different layers of transparencies and glass, and set them on top each other. one glass pane was not dry enough, and the paint squished under there like a biology slide… when i lifted it off, the colors pulled in on themselves, creating amazing patterns that remind me of sea coral or exotic fish skin patterns… some even look like big lightning strikes.

  2. How interesting and you worked so well expanding the under print. Japanese paper really tests doesn’t it. Like learning to eat with chop sticks.

    • You are so right. After our trip to the museum,, I took Cheng Lhee Chee and his lovely wife to dinner. We went to a Thai restaurent and he said, “Linda you are better with your chop sticks than we are!” Practice, practice, practice…

  3. Ruth Bailey Says:

    Nice development, Linda. Thanks for sharing this interesting technique.

  4. Carol King Says:

    What an interesting technique, thanks for sharing it. I like what you did with your monoprint base.

  5. Chris Carter Says:

    Great idea ….. I’m going to give it a try.


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