A while back I discover a lovely class by Anna Sokolova on Skillshare called “The Art of Monotype”. I had never heard of this technique before, but was really excited by the looks of the thumbnail. So I watched it, and was SO EXCITED. Like look at this
I’m aiming not to give away too much about the technique in this post, which might sound weird. But I really enjoyed Anna’s class, and I would urge you to watch that instead if you want to learn. I’m not going to undermine a fellow artist who has put so much work into a class by giving away the information for free!! But basics are that you paint on glass and then press the paper against the glass. I used the glass from a random frame that we had, so I didn’t have to get anything new for this technique!
And well, turns out monotype is pretty hard. (Partly, I think, because I didn’t have quite the right paper.) I ended up covering the entire table I was working on with my attempts.
I’m not gonna show you all of them, but here are a few. I do like the gradients it sometimes creates, and I really like the way it turned out when I poured salt on it. (Last one.) But none of them really had the PIZAZZ I was looking for.
I decorated two I liked with some penwork and brush strokes but I think it kind of ruined them so I’m quite upset about that haha. 🙁
I actually ended up preferring the way the paint moved on top of the glass and taking pictures of it for a while, haha. And also the result on the glass after I had pressed the paper against it. And then I actually moved from watercolor to using my new Golden High Flow Acrylics and lots of water, which gave me the base for this. Which I then decorated a little bit with some violet watercolour (which was too violet for the camera that day which is why it looks ultramarine in the bottom right corner) and some marker! I need to cut off the edges of this or something because they’re messy af, but I actually really like this one, and I wouldn’t have been able to achieve the gradients in the blue and pink without monotype, and I think I’m going to use it for that in the future.
Okay, I realise I didn’t really sell this technique very well in this post, just telling you about my mistakes haha. BUT you can create really amazing art with this, and most importantly it’s SO MUCH FUN. I always enjoy techniques where I don’t really have full control, and this is a perfect example! In the class, Anna shows us how to create a few different styles through monotype and recommends materials and stuff, so if you want more information you should head on over there. You can also follow Anna on Instagram here!!