Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Here are the photos Sharon sent of the stages I went through with my prints.

First, the thin layer of pure color to serve as an underpainting for the print. Marilyn said this color will show as the top layer when you pull the print (first down on the plexi = last up on the print), so you want to choose something you would start with like yellow or a pale pink or peach or...you get the idea.

I wanted to try 2 in different shapes and sizes just for fun. So I started one with warm yellow and one with cool pink. The paints were Pentell watercolors Marilyn had to order from a shop in Canada - the paints aren't expensive but the shipping is about as much as the paint!

By the Sea while it was still on the plexiglass, ready to be printed. The stamp I used (created by Marilyn) is at the bottom.

And My Creative Heart while it was still on the plexi ready to be printed.

While we were creating on the plexi, the print paper was soaking so it was good and wet through and through when we got ready to print. We just allowed the water to drip off the paper and then blotted it in between 2 pieces of newsprint until the shine was off the paper - then into the print on top of the plexi and through the press!

You've seen the final outcome but in case you missed it, here they are again:

By the Sea


My Creative Heart


Vicki Greene said...

These look really neat. I noticed that Creative Catalyst has a new DVD out about printmaking and thought about you. You are always learning and sharing these new and neat techniques. Thank you.

RHCarpenter said...

Ut-oh! Should I go and look? Better check my checking account balance first! ha ha

laura said...

These are really great, Rhonda--such beautiful, rich color. Sounds like a fabulous class, fun too!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Laura. The color is really saturated - you work to get it that way on the plexi plate before you create the print.

cat said...

Thanks for dropping by blog!
Your monoprints turned out pretty awesome!! This was a whole new technique for me when I went through a class session with Marilyn and I really liked it.
Now I need to make time to work with it again!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks, Cat! I really enjoyed it and it was fun learning something new with watercolors. Marilyn and I may get together again this summer and do another printing day :)