Monday, October 9, 2017

monotype workshop

Members of Nelson Atkins Print Society listened to Aaron Shipps (in plaid shirt) share the unique printmaking processes at his studio.

Shipps had set out a 36 by 48 inch plexiglas plate on the work table (above). The upper portion was inked with yellow and orange and a wash. 

Members took turns using oil-based stick pigments and a turpentine wash from a cup. On another plexiglas palette the turp helped turn the color sticks into color wash mixtures (next).

One dragged the turp mixture on her brush through the yellow-orange portion, which softened the ink and the hairs of the brush stroke removed portions. Later on, the color of the paper would show through these places. Taking off ink is called subtraction (above).

Others smooshed the colors by brush onto the plate. Many independent strokes. The joy of creating. Collaboration among artists was what that studio was all about. In the end their experimenting was rolled through the rollers of the press onto a fresh sheet of paper.


Shipps pulled the proof and everyone saw the image they helped create. It was called a monotype. That is, one unique impression. 1/1 

Photos by John Mallory. Text by Karl Marxhausen

Photos by John Mallory. Text by Karl Marxhausen

Visit took place Saturday, September 16th, at Bedrock Art Editions Studio, downtown Kansas City, Missouri.