Title: Plume Verte (Green Feather)
Medium: Hand pulled 6 x 4 inch Dark Field Monotype ghost print with watercolor
Subject: This monotype was made from a reference photo taken in the early 1900's of my great aunt as she made her way from Canada to the US.
Support: Arches Cover Printmaking paper
Process: Monotypes are made by painting on a smooth (not etched) plate, and pressing the still-wet pigments against paper to create a print of the image. For this piece, I used black, oil based etching ink on a zinc plate. The ink was rolled onto the plate with a brayer, fully covering the surface, and the girl's face was lifted out of the wet ink in a subtractive process with my finger tips, points and rags, etc. After pulling a monotype on my press, I placed a second sheet of paper over the still-wet plate and ran it through the press again to collect what little ink remained on the plate (see the pics in this listing). This is called a ghost print for it's faint characteristics. After pulling the ghost print, the plate was washed, and ready to make something else. After the plate was cleaned this way, there are no remaining images to print from a monotype [mono = one]. After the ink dried on the print, I added watercolor.
Edition: This is an edition of 1 (one).
Frame: The art is offered unframed.
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