I had my first printmaking class at a local art school on Thursday and loooooved it.  We will be learning several different printmaking methods over the next 8 weeks, and we started this week with monotype printing.  Paint is rolled onto a plate of plexiglass and overlaid with any stencils, and the image is then rolled onto a sheet of paper using the printing press.  I love the little imperfections that result from the process – it’s good for me to have to relinquish some control with my art.  And the fact that I showed up to class without the faintest idea of what we’d be doing and walked out of there with several prints four hours later made me quite happy – below are my faves.

faux bois:

20090926 printmaking wood small

20090926 printmaking wood2 small

branches and lace:

20090926 printmaking tree small

drippy silhouette:

20090926 printmaking silhouette small

20090926 printmaking silhouette2 small

I’m on the lookout now for fabrics/objects/textures that I can bring to class with me next week.  Feels good to be back in the creative saddle!


  1. brieanne says:

    um, this class sounds amazing. where are you taking it through? i’m extremely jealous–these prints are gorgeous! are they something easy to do at home, or really you need some sort of studio for the supplies…

  2. kellyschnell says:

    hey B,
    Yes, this class is pretty amazing! I’m taking it through Pratt, which is a small art school here in Seattle. The monotype prints would be hard to do without a press, but I’ll let you know if I come across an ‘at-home’ solution!