Decided to dive into printmaking with master printmaker Jane Pagliarulo at the “Atelier Meridian” in downtown Portland for the past two days; and had a very good time indeed. Jane, after working for years in Santa Fe and Hood River set up a wonderful printmaking studio a couple years ago here in Portland. We are lucky to have her here. Her site is: http://www.ateliermeridian.com
Fellow artist and friend Susan Harlan (who teaches at Portland State) set up a little gathering for three of us to work with Jane for two days cranking out as many monotypes as we could come up with. Monotypes are a “one of a kind” method of printmaking where an artist works on a plexi glass plate, creating an image in ink, and then transferring the image onto a sheet of paper by running it through the printing press. I had done this method about eight years ago and it can be a bit tricky; too much ink on your plate and your picture is mush! For the first time at the “Atelier Meridian,” I used Akua water-based inks, and was very pleased with the results. I didn’t get too much mush either so maybe I’m learning something here…
Within two days I was able to produce five versions of works I’m creating in other media as monotypes, including doing “ghost prints” of them. “Ghost prints” are created when you run the plate back through the press (after the initial print) with a clean sheet of paper at a higher pressure in order to pick up as much ink as possible. I had a good time translating works I have sculpted or created in oil into this very immediate media.
Once they’re dry – keep your eyes peeled here for the results!