Monotype Workshop with Akua Inks.

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In March I gave a one-day monotype workshop using Akua inks, with Ateliers de création Je MONOTYPE.  This unique and diverse program, dedicated solely to the art of monotype printing, is founded and directed by Jacinthe Tétrault, artist, educator and printer. It is always a pleasure collaborating with Jacinthe, who shares my passion for monotype and teaching.

 

Atelier Galerie Alain Piroir.

Atelier Galerie Alain Piroir.

 

Seven artists participated in my workshop, at  Atelier Galerie Alain Piroir, where Je Monotype classes are held. Everyone had previously taken a monotype class with either Jacinthe or myself and was eager to discover the unique qualities of Akua non-toxic water-based inks.

 

palette

 

Akua is my ink of choice for  monotype.  I love the palette of highly pigmented colors and often use them straight from the container, without mixing.  The inks and modifiers let me play with subtleties of transparency and opacity.  Easy clean up leaves more time and energy to concentrate on image making.  I can work fast, cleaning my plate with a swift wipe of a damp cloth between passes, or I can take my time, thanks to Akua’s unique slow-drying formula.  I was anxious to transmit these qualities to my students.

 

Manon Boisvert.

Manon Boisvert.

 

I introduced Akua Liquid Pigment and Akua Intaglio and showed how to use Blending Medium for blending and wash effects.

 

Alejandra Bertorini.

Alejandra Bertorini.

 

In the morning we explored brushwork.  I wanted artists to feel the fluidity of the ink and to tap into a painterly mode.

 

Manon Boisvert.

Manon Boisvert.

 

Lise Julien.

Lise Julien.

 

The fluid consistency of Akua Liquid Pigment and the buttery consistency of Akua Intaglio are perfect for capturing flowing and expressive brushstrokes.  Used with Blending Medium they are capable of producing watercolor-like effects.

I showed how to make ghost prints using Release Agent.  Ghost prints are second, lighter pulls from an inked plate, often resulting in surprisingly evocative images.

 

Marie Claude Favreau.

Marie Claude Favreau.

 

Lise Julien.

Lise Julien.

 

In the afternoon, we worked with brayers.  We explored the multi-pass monotype using stencils and masks.  I encouraged a spontaneous approach.

 

demo

 

Using a  stencil, I demonstrated how to use Akua Intaglio with Intaglio Transparent Base as well as the needle applicator.

 

Alejandra Bertorini.

Alejandra Bertorini.

 

Towards the end of the day, I left everyone free to experiment on their own, mixing all the techniques they learned, innovating some along the way.

 

Jacinthe Tétrault.

Jacinthe Tétrault.

 

The prints coming off of the press became precious teaching tools and students proudly shared their processes with each other.

It was a joy to teach this workshop in this inspiring studio with the Je Monotype program and to introduce an exciting, safer approach to printmaking with Akua Inks.

 

Talleen Hacikyan

Merci aux artistes qui ont participé à cet atelier et à ce blog avec leurs images.

Photos #1, 3 (detail), 10 and 12 by Jacinthe Tétrault.

 

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