Monoprinting with Inktense on the Roughest Paper yet!

Monoprinting with Inktense on the roughest paper yet has produced my favourite abstract works so far!

intensified paper pretreatment

I  revved up the intensity of pretreating the papers for Red Playground 1, 2 and 3, by wadding up the paper, then soaking, staining, and marking with Inktense. They are the most dimensional yet!!! But first, I flattened them with my heated plate press. The paper ended lovely and crunchy, so it was perfect for this set of works. I looked forward to solving the problems that would arise from mono printing on the crunchy paper because I’d discovered that working through problems increases my creativity.

Click here to read “Creating on Really Rough Paper: The 4 Problems I Solved”.

Problems with transferring Inktense

To begin with, I had trouble with monoprinting  the red Inktense design with the circular cardboard plates onto the paper. I cold-pressed it several times  to get the strength I wanted.

Next, the yellow Inktense monoprint offered very little contrast on the paper, therefore, I had to cold press the sheets many times in the press,  Because of this I made a stronger solution of yellow. Subsequent difficulties were resolve when I  found  two  rollers; one for ink printing and one I’d previously used  for rolling clay.  Both were perfect for transferring the ink from the card to the crunchy paper.

Contrast created when I added the blue Inktense to the composition showed itself rather quickly and  I was delighted with the outcome.

Wonderful Caran D'ache

Next, out came my Caran D’ache crayons.  I LOVE these crayons.  Highly pigmented, they go onto most paper rather easily without leaving the debris often left by ordinary crayons. The difficulty I experienced from monoprinting with Inktense  forewarned me that the crayon mark making would be a real challenge as well. Nevertheless, I sensed the outcome would be interesting and, I’d would learn a thing or two.  

The crunchy paper support forbade tender treatment. Several times I  literally struck the surface with the crayon to make marks on the paper, as I skipped over the ridges in the paper.

Click here to read “Three Important Creative Truths” where I talk about the importance of solving problems and creativity.

Wonderful Caran D'ache

I’m really pleased with these works because they broke well outside the bounds of what I normally made. They certainly stand apart next to my small collection of earlier abstracts. Click here to see those.

I invite you to watch the video to watch the dynamic creation of these three works by clicking here.

I’m creating 52 works by May 2024.  Red Playground 1,2, and 3 were number 4,5, and 6  of my target 52 works.

Finished Works

Red Playground 1, finished
Red Playground 1
Red Playground 2, left Red Playground 3, right
Red Playground 2, left Red Playground 3, right
Creating art around life

The Inspiring works

Can Red Come Out to Play Number One
Can Red Come Out to Play Number One
Can Red Come Out to Play Number Two
Can Red Come Out to Play Number Two
Can Red Come Out to Play Number 3
Can Red Come Out to Play Number 3

Monoprinting

Rough paper before heat press
Rough paper before heat press
Flattening the paper in heated press
Flattening the paper in heated press
Cutting monoprinting plates from card
Cutting monoprinting plates from card
Swabbing Inktense onto the card plate
Swabbing Inktense onto the card plate

monoprint progressions

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