Monotype: The End Approacheth


It’s a sad day in the printmaking studio, and the presses take a moment of silence. Why? Our unit on monotype is coming to a close.

*sniffle* (say it ain’t so 😦 )

As we discussed in class, you have one more workshop day to finish the required prints for Project 1: Monotype and PLAY. Our critique will be Tuesday, October 4 at the beginning of class. Follow the checklist below to ensure you have set yourself up to create a good selection of work. You will have the entire class period to print with the exception of set up/clean up time and about twenty minutes which will be dedicated to introducing your next project. In total, I estimate you will have about two hours and thirty minutes of work time.

Before Next Class You Should:

  1. Think through what you will make for next week. You don’t have to plan your remaining prints mark for mark (we are PLAYing, after all), but you should know what you need to do and have some idea how you will approach each task. If necessary, do some additional research and thumbnails.**IMPORTANT** Think especially about what you want to do for the required series of 3 prints. These can be made with any monotype method or a combination of methods, but they must represent either a related theme (these go together because they are all about “insert thing here”) or a progression (these go together because print 1 leads to print 2 leads to print 3). The good news: monotype series can come together quickly, especially if you’re adding ink to a ghost image on a plate or using flexible plates in different combinations. However, for this to happen, you have to have a plan.

  2. Cut any additional stencils or flexible plates for next week and gather textures you want to use to lift or apply ink. Cutting plates in class is a poor use of your precious print time.

  3. If you have unsuccessful prints or ghost prints from the last few weeks, consider adding onto them to see if you can make interesting work from something that’s not quite successful as is. You can use paint, watercolor, ink, chalk pastel, charcoal, graphite or collage. You can even cut up and combine parts of different reject prints. Although you are not required to have an altered monotype in your portfolio, taking this extra step demonstrates creative engagement and understanding of the monotype medium, both of will be considered in your project grade (see the Project 1 Guidelines).

  4. Keep up (or catch up) with that creativity journal! Quantity, quantity, QUANTITY. Bash the creative floodgates open with freakin’ Mjolnir.

Now for something completely different! For your listening pleasure, the fabulous, belly-shirted Marik Ishtar (Yu-Gi-Oh “villain” extraordinaire)…


…sings that certain song that was playing in class as he plays Vampire: The Masquerade—Bloodlines. Only now it’s sung the way it was always meant to be! Impressively maned Yami Bakura helps with commentary. Totes worth a minute and nine seconds of your life, even if you aren’t obsessed with outdated anime about children’s card games.

FYI: the original Marik Plays Bloodlines series is created, made and voiced by LittleKuriboh. His videos are hilarious if you have any familiarity with the source material (and sometimes even if you don’t), and the range of voices he can imitate is truly impressive. The Marik and Bakura “Midriff Shirts” illustration is by Rai-a-Day.


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