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The Lab@Smith Andersen North announces the two-day Monotype Workshop with Kathryn Kain.

Friday, September 21, 2012

 The Lab presents our first two-day Monotype Workshop, Nov. 10 & 11, 2012 with Master Printer Kathryn KainClasses will be held at the Smith Andersen North LAB, located at our old shop on 2240A Fourth St. in San Rafael. Space is limited to three and is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 415.455.9733 of email to register!



 Kathryn Kain. Big Tree, 60 x 120, 2003, monotype woodblock collage


Monotype is known as the painterly print and it's first documented use was by by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione (1616-1670). William Blake, Edgar Degas and Edvard Munch to name a few, also worked in monotype.


Used for centuries by artists who work in painting and printmaking, monotype was not considered a legitimate print medium until recently. Essentially direct like a painting, the artist applies ink to a plate and manipulates the ink in a variety of ways, working with rags, sticks or fingers as well as with brushes  and rollers. The ink is usually oil based and has an open time of several hours. When the process is complete the plate is covered with paper and may be burnished by hand or put through an etching press to yield one strong impression. The remaining ink on the plate may be printed again giving a pale impression or ghost print. There is no repeatable image on the plate, hence the name monotype, indicating one impression.  Contemporary artists have explored this medium and combined it's unique character with all other aspects of traditional matrix based printmaking. These combinations are known as monoprints because a repeatable image is combined with the unique impression of a monotype.