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
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.
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!