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January 2021

Trace Monotype without a Press

January 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Contact, Transfer or Trace monotype all refer to the same process of creating printed marks on paper. It’s a great way to make graphic imagery with a printerly feel. Many of us remember when we wanted to make a carbon copy on the typewriter. And the time we put the carbon paper in backwards? The result was a reverse impression on the back of the original. Well that’s kind of what happens here. Paper is laid on top of an…

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Using a Veil & Textures with Monotype

January 7 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A veil is a great way to reduce previously printed imagery. Similar to using white paint in a painting, a veil can be used in printmaking with great flexibility to soften or eliminate information. There are a number of ways to use textures in a monotype composition. This demo will show you the advantages to using particular methods depending on your project. This 2 hour interactive demo includes questions from participants followed by optional 30 minute individualized Confer and Critique…

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Thoughts on the Creative Process

January 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In the best of moments the creative process is largely a right-brain activity. The concept of being “in the zone,” is a place where action simply happens. The mark I’m making did not come from thought but rather as an instantaneous response to the last mark I made.  And the color I choose seems to come from an otherworldly place. Time does not exist and I am unaware of anything else going on around me. There is no right or…

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Visocosity Monotypes with Akua Inks

January 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This zoom presentation outlines the basic concepts and demonstrates how Akua inks can be used in viscosity printmaking. You will learn how to use modifiers to adjust the viscosity of inks and how to test your process to obtain perfect results. This 2 hour interactive demo includes questions from participants followed by optional 30 minute individualized Confer and Critique Add-On sessions that may be purchased in advance below or at checkout. Additional hour long Confer ‘n Critique sessions may be scheduled by…

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Photopolymer Mixed Media Printing Techniques

January 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

There are many different ways to use your photopolymer plates (ImagOn, KM, Solarplate, etc). This includes a variety of methods of inking and printing single impressions, adding color and integrating plates of different sizes into larger compositions. You will learn about relief rolling, ‘A la poupe’e, duo-tone, and simple background printing. Using the registration grid (recommended) on your press you will learn how to accurately align or disperse multiple plates in a single composition. Some elements of chine colle’ will be addressed.…

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Intensive Monotype – The Full Online Workshop

January 14 @ 12:00 pm - January 15 @ 3:00 pm

This comprehensive online workshop includes six demo and discussion sessions over a nine day period as well as two hours of individualized “confer ‘n critique” sessions. Participants will work in their own studios during this period. The six demo and discussion sessions will cover Intro to Monotype and Printing; Chine Colle; Trace Monotype; Veil and Textures; Viscosity; and a final wrap-up and review. Portfolio presentations and various philosophical concepts will be integrated in the demos. Demo and discussion sessions will take place via Zoom between 10am and…

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Geometric Design Clinic-Virtual Workshop

January 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Up your geometric and repeat pattern design game in this two-hour drawing clinic. Bring your pencils, rulers, compasses, and most importantly, erasers and take your patterns to a new level! We will discuss shapes that tesselate, line, curves, secondary patterns and more! Note: there is NO printing in this workshop, just drawing. ABOUT THE ARTIST Susana McDonnell is the owner of LinoCave, a Boston-based home studio focused on geometric pattern design and block printing on fabric. She holds a BFA…

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Inking Clinic: Awesome Ombrés-Virtual Workshop

January 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Bring your pre-carved block, your inks, tools and a fabric item to print and lets spend 90 minutes learning my signature ombré technique, a method of creating a multi-colored print using a single block, brayer and plexi. We will discuss ink ratios and color combinations that work well together. Please note: there is NO carving or designing in this workshop, just printing. ABOUT THE ARTIST Susana McDonnell is the owner of LinoCave, a Boston-based home studio focused on geometric pattern…

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Printing on Different Fabrics Clinic-Virtual Workshop

January 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Ever wonder why you were able to print something beautifully on one type of fabric and it is grainy and light on another? There is an infuriating answer to that—every fabric prints differently. In this 90 minute workshop we’ll bring our favorite block, inks and brayers, and scraps of different fabrics and work through inking for different fabric types to achieve optimal results on all! Note: there is no design or carving in this class, just practice of inking techniques.…

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Inking Clinic: Bodacious Blend Rolls-Virtual Workshop

January 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Struggling with getting that perfect block printed gradient? Uneven inking? Colors not mixing as you’d hoped? There’s a reason for that—they’re not easy! In this 90 minute workshop we will troubleshoot all of the pitfalls and get you blend rolling your way to gradient perfection! ABOUT THE ARTIST Susana McDonnell is the owner of LinoCave, a Boston-based home studio focused on geometric pattern design and block printing on fabric. She holds a BFA from the New York State College of…

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