Monotypes, night sky & haiku
I’ve been waiting for this date… August 31.
Today is the day I want to show you something I created last Summer.
Why I choose today in particular to publish it will come clear in this post.
In July, I experimented with monotypes, which is a type of printmaking
that produces unique prints. I learned to make monotypes way back
when I studied art but had not used the technique ever since – I just did not
think about it because I did not have the equipment (i.e. press, block ink).
I saved the art I made in the eighties and I looked it up to show you some
of the monotypes I created in art school – it must be dated around 1985/’86
(I never dated my work. I still don’t – do you? I think I will start dating
my art from now on to avoid puzzling and guessing in the future…)
Model – monotype study (1985-1986)
(Size: 32,5 x 27 cm – 12.8 x 10.6 inch)
Birds – monotype study (1985-1986)
(Size: 25 x 30 cm – 9.8 x 11.8 inch)
Birds – monotype + acrylic paint (1985-1986)
(Size: 50 x 65 cm – 19.7 x 25.6 inch)
..However, there are lots of ways to make monotypes and when I started
to try out techniques that don’t necessarily need a press or block ink
- in this case I used a gelatin plate and acrylic paint – I fell in love with
monotyps again instantly!
Monotype is a technique with which you produce a big stack of prints
in no time. I experimented with different shapes and colours and had
This is just a portion of the amount of ”experiments and basic’ pages
I was left with after two afternoons play.
When you look at this stack, you will see a lot of pages that contain a circle.
The circle made me think of the moon… especially that one monotype that
I immediately called ‘blue moon’…
… and now we come to today’s date and the fact why I waited so long before
showing the art piece – you guessed? Yep, today August 31 is BLUE MOON!
“The definition of a Blue Moon has changed over the years (…) However, the commonly accepted definition of a Blue Moon is simple: it is a full moon that rises twice in one month. Due to our calendar days, sometimes the days of the month are less than the cycle of the moon, which is 29.5 days. This can cause the moon to rise twice in one month, near the first and the last days of the same month. It is said that blue moons happen every 33 months or about every 3 years. This relatively rare occurrence has spawned the saying “once in a blue moon”.
A Blue Moon cannot happen in February because the calendar month never has enough days. Furthermore, sometimes the occurrence of a blue moon depends on your time zone.” ~ From Moonconnection ~
(Size: 15 x 21 cm – 5.9 x 8.3 inch) Gelatin monotype with acrylic paint - watersoluble crayons - sharpie
Night sky spectacle.
Clouds shift. She reveals herself
Once in a blue moon
Because of the last sentence there is no translation in Dutch
The haiku is linked to ‘Haiku my Heart Friday’
This event is hosted by the wonderful Rebecca and you can
find a list of all the other participants on Recuerda Mi Corazon
I plan on making a ‘moon series’ with these monotypes but the idea
has to grow some more. For now, the stack lays patiently waiting.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and now that I digged up my big
drawing folder from the attic, I might as well photograph and show
some more ‘oldies’ every now and then… that is, if you’re in for it.
Tell me, wanna see more?
I wish you all a lovely weekend.
Don’t forget to look up to the sky tonight!