Isle of Dreams isn't a particular place but the idea of an island with a swirling sky and surrounding sea. The coloured layers in this one are very soft and subtle. I was taken to Scottish Islands many times as a child and my memories are of a cool, airy northerly place. I've seen images of some extraordinary Irish islands that have influenced me too and I hope to visit them some time. For now I'll just have to dream...
A monotype is a unique printed picture. I use rollers and dabbers to spread out the ink on a smooth plastic surface (like perspex or plexi-glass) then make marks with a cloth and other tools. I incorporate textured materials by impressing inked up wallpaper and fabric. The colours are printed in layers wiping away and using paper stencils each time it goes through the printing press to transfer the ink from the plastic to the paper. It's printed to the edges of the paper so the deckle (wavy) edge is part of the print. It is flat mounted onto acid free board with archival tape, wrapped in cellophane and carefully flat-packed in a specially made box.
Oil-based ink on Rives BFK cotton rag paper. Mounted on acid-free mount board.