New Winter Classes at Yellow Barn Studio

A few pics from Yellow Barn past classes and types of prints we create—In a new class called Printmaking without a Press, we will learn hand print methods that do not require a press, including geliplates and simple screenprints using stencils. So students will be able to learn techniques to do at home after the course is finished. For more info see my list of classes on the Glen Echo page and click on each one for a description, or contact me — Clare’s classes at Glen Echo

What are Trace Monotypes?

A trace monotype is a simple and semi-direct printmaking technique. After inking a plate or surface, a piece of printmaking paper is placed on top of the inked surface. Using a pen or any other stylus-type tool, you draw the image on back of the paper. The pressure of the drawing tool picks up the ink on the paper as the pen bears down. When the paper is peeled off the plate, the lines appear on the paper. This is an easy way for beginners to get started with printmaking and requires no special skills or equipment. If you aren’t comfortable drawing freehand, you can trace a photo. I offer workshops in this technique in Bethesda MD—see my Classes page if you are interested in learning more.

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Serendipity ArtLabs

Please stop into Serendipity ArtLabs in Bethesda MD through December, and see my watercolors, screenprints on Yupo and wood panels. Park in public garage next door on Montgomery Lane. 4500 East West Hwy, Suite 125 Bethesda, MD 20814  
bethesda@serendipitylabs.com  301.685.0554 

Enjoying the “Dance” Series, watercolor on vintage textured watercolor paper, at SerendipityLabs in Bethesda MD

Mixed Media Printing and Collage

Recently I discovered a great way to combine vintage papers such as old maps, gazettes, discarded prints from the pile in my studio, along with 3-D elements such as beads, string, layers of additional paper. The example shown here contains a page from an old map that I gel-printed over with transparent inks, followed by a cut out bird from an old screen print, which I adhered so it rises off the surface. That was followed by beads applied with medium. The whole print was then applied to a cradled wood panel with Studio Tac, an adhesive paper that is a lot neater than glue or medium. Now it’s ready to hang!

Flight Series #2, Mixed media on panel, 8 x 10

Flight Series #2, Mixed media on panel, 8 x 10

Watercolor on Yupo

Started to paint with watercolors on Yupo, a synthetic paper with a smooth surface. Painting on Yupo creates unusual effects, since the paint is not absorbed into the paper. As it stays wet for a while, I can move the paint around longer. The paper is semi-translucent also. Dance #5, shown here, is an example, I have framed it in a simple silver frame and will deliver it to the buyer soon.

Dance Series, watercolor on Yupo, Clare Winslow, 2018

Screenprinting on Yupo

Recently I have been experimenting with silkscreen printing on Yupo, a synthetic paper. It is smooth and opaque or semi-opaque white.  Printing on it with waterbased silkscreen inks yields unusual results. First of all, the ink will sit on top of the surface rather than being absorbed, due to the smooth coating. So, in order to speed up drying time I use a hair dryer. The advantage of the slow drying aspect is that I can push the ink around in a painterly fashion, or sponge ink through the screen in order to make images, in addition to the more conventional method of using a squeegee.  These examples come from an ongoing series of imagery related to webs. The oval-like forms seem anthropomorphic to me, which is why I titled the images as I did.

Can You Hear Me Now?  Screenprint on Yupo, 22 x 30

Brethren, Screenprint on Yupo, 22 x 30

Condolences,  Screenprint on Yupo, 22 x 30

Condolences, Screenprint on Yupo, 22 x 30