Friday, June 8, 2007
monotype with embossment on Somerset printmaking paper, 13" x 21.5", 1998
Safety pins were taped onto a clear sheet of acetate, then painted with watercolor (where you see the dotted line running across is where the tape was holding the pins in place).
When the watercolor wash is good and dried, the whole thing (with the pins and all) is then printed on slightly damped printmaking paper (to pick up the watercolor paint) on the etching press. The pressure of the press creates a pretty clear embossment of the safety pins, not sure if you could tell from these images though.
Here is the back of the print, showing the embossment of the pins on the paper a little better: