Sometimes it’s hard to find the words to describe something visual, and this is one of those times. Making a mystical monoprint like Star Being II is really an intuitive process, rather than something that’s carefully thought out from the beginning. Of course, I have an idea of where I’m going; I knew that I was going to do some kind of winged figure in space. One thing I like about monoprints is that they’re unpredictable, forcing me to give up some of the control and allow chance to play a part. When I pull the paper off of the plate for the final time and decide that it’s finished, the result might be quite different from what I had originally planned. Part of art making, to me, is getting in touch with your inner child, allowing yourself to play and experiment. This is where you get into true creativity, and open yourself to spirit, the universe, or whatever you want to call it.
This mystical monoprint was created by adding various media to a monoprint. A monoprint is a one-off print made by putting printing inks on a smooth surface and then transferring it onto heavy-weight 100% cotton printmaking paper, using an etching press (hand-powered). I build up many layers of transparent ink to achieve a rich, brilliant image. Each piece is passed through the press many times, until I feel satisfied that I’ve accomplished all I can at this stage. There is no permanent plate, so the image cannot be repeated. After the ink has dried, I draw and paint on the monoprint with acrylic ink and watercolor pencils. Sometimes I will add collage elements or other materials as well. I love the variety of subtle yet intense shades of color and deep luminosity that result from this process. I hope you will, too.