Tiny Bather

Y’all, I need some sleep.

M. has been waking up at those hours where no matter WHAT you do, you just can’t fall back asleep. (I’m looking at you, 3 and 4 am…) So, in light of this situation, all I’ve got tonight is just a simple, tiny bather, using a not-so-simple method.

There is a second kind of monotype printing process besides the dark field monotype (still my favorite) and I wanted to give it a quick go because why not?

In this type of monoprint, a thin layer of dark ink is rolled onto glass–much like what you do for a dark field–but this time, you delicately lay a sheet of paper down on top of it, practically letting it float on top of the ink. On top of this you can add a sketch, carefully tape it to the paper on top of the ink, and trace the sketch with a drawing implement (preferably a sharpened pencil or pen) bearing down upon the sketch so the paper underneath picks up the ink on the bottom. Peel away, and hopefully, the drawing comes out without too many smudges (or worse yet, just a big black blob).

These types of monoprint are really a pain. But I will say that they do give a very interesting-looking line effect that cannot be replicated by any drawing tool.


4 thoughts on “Tiny Bather

  1. That is cool, Katie. Really like the figure and then colored flowers. And interesting technique, of which I know nothing! But still, very charming!


  2. We call this trace monotype. I rather like the soft lines effect. But yes, there are smudges if you are not careful. There is a print in the WFU student center in this method depicting a baby sleeping in the foreground. A beautiful yet mysterious work. Look for it next time you are there.

    • Yes! I have done this technique before a few times in grad school and I do love the line it produces but gosh it’s always driven me crazy! Is there a trick to keeping the paper from sliding?
      I might do more research into it because it’s such a pretty technique when it comes out.

  3. Really complicated technique but love the outcome! Refreshing to see an authentic woman portrayed versus the magazine cover women who are anything but authentic…

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