Blue Portrait

Earlier this year, I spent a while experimenting with monoprints using akua soy-based inks. I’ve used both plexiglass plates and PETG plates with this method. I created these prints using 3 PETG plates. I decided to leave space between each plate because I wanted to show a separation between my head, my heart, and my stomach. When I’m concerned, these three parts of my body all experience the concern in different ways and don’t always agree on a solution.

I first printed the yellow and blue together and printed a ghost print of this plate also. I printed another layer using black ink to add more detail. Below, you can see photos of some of the steps I took to print this monoprint.  I used a small brayer to start the portrait and later added detail with a small paint brush. I mixed the akua transparent base into the ink to extend it and help use it with a paint brush. I also used some of the blending medium.

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My sketch – I usually start my print idea with a sketch on newsprint. When I work with PETG, I often will lay the sketch underneath of the PETG to use as my template to apply and paint the ink.

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Working on the first layer with blue and yellow ink.

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The first layer of ink. I used blue and yellow together. I printed this twice – once for a full color monoprint and second for the ghost print.

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Adding details with black ink on the second layer. I scrape into the ink with a wooden stylus.

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The second layer – I added black ink to add detail to the portrait. After painting and rolling the ink on, I scraped into the ink with a wooden stylus to add texture and detail, especially in the stomach area.

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The three plates, ready to run through the press! It is easier to see the detail on top of the paper.

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The final prints hanging to dry – one monoprint and one ghost print with a black detail monoprint layer.

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