As I said yesterday, I spent many wonderful hours with Marilyn B. and Sharon R. yesterday, learning Marilyn's techniques for working with watercolor monotype prints. Marilyn has a lovely home and a great little studio (2 rooms side by side) in her downstairs area. We talked, laughed, had lunch together, and created art all day.
First, Marilyn took us on a tour and we got to see many of her art pieces I had never seen before, all beautifully matted and framed and displayed in her rooms. Many were watercolors, some were watercolor and collage and many newer ones were watercolor monotypes. All were beautiful and interesting.
Then Marilyn talked about what she learned about monotype printing and showed us the watercolors we'd use (you apparently can't use - or don't want to use - your expensive Daniel Smith or Winsor Newton brands). The plexiglass she had was frosted by just sanding it with 200 grit sandpaper until the shine was off - this, I was told, was so the paint would adhere better to the plexi. We also began by coating the plexi with Dawn dishwashing liquid (plain, no lotions or moisturizers in it) with a little natural sea sponge. That helped the paint release from the plexi to the paper when it was time.
I came home with 2 prints that I like. They are bold and the colors are strong and rich and I was happy with the outcome. Here they are:
1. By the Sea.............
(You put the border around it using watercolor crayons - Caran d'Ache - before you print; and the seashell was created by just putting the watercolor paint - Pentell brand - on the stamp Marilyn had made and then pressing it on the plexi.)
2. My Creative Heart
(No stamping, just dabbing watercolor on with a sponge dipped in thick pigment after putting down an initial "wash" with a large flat brush.)
Sharon and I both thought Marilyn should give a demo and talk on this sometime at our watercolor society!