The Magic of Monotyping

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On January 29, I gave an intensive one-day monotype workshop at Atelier Circulaire, the ultimate printshop. Not only is this a great studio to work in but it is a super space to offer a workshop in. Students enjoy working in a professional studio, alongside practicing artists, in a creative, as opposed to academic, atmosphere. I enjoy teaching here not only for the top-notch installations but also because it feels like a second home. This gives me the impression that I am receiving people at my place and contributes to a warm atmosphere in my workshops.

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Josée Dubrule

I had eight students, from various walks of life, including an accountant, two teachers, a translator, and a couple of artists. Some people had made monotypes several years ago and wanted to reacquaint themselves with the technique, while picking up a few new tricks. For others, this was their introduction to printmaking. Regardless of level, everyone worked through the various exercises with enthusiasm and an open mind, eager to go with the flow and discover what their plates would reveal.

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Carole Sirois

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Brigitte Chabert Hacikyan

We started with black and white prints, continued with the addition of one color, after which students moved onto larger multi-colored work.

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Mary Milne

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Rose Wall

In the afternoon I introduced the encollage method, where one can collage a piece of paper onto the printing paper with the inked plate, through the press. I had a selection of printed Japanese papers that students could incorporate into their monotypes.

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Students had also brought other paper elements for encollage, such as children’s drawings, marbled paper, and photocopies.

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Susanna Oreskovic

I also demonstrated of how to make a trace print by hand, with water based inks, a non toxic technique that students can explore at home.

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José Corral

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Claire Côté

Students spent the last hour free to experiment and combine all the above mentioned techniques. Before placing prints to dry between boards, we looked at everyone’s monotypes and exchanged impressions.

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Since the two monotype workshops I gave in January, two students are applying for Atelier Circulaire’s forfait découvert (a three month membership offered at a reduced rate), and several others are coming on “taille douce” Fridays. On these days, artists can make arrangements to work and print at the studio, on their own, under the supervision of printer, Paule Mainguy. When I see former students pursuing techniques that they learn from me, I have proof of mission accomplished.

Talleen Hacikyan

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