My monotypes are pretty much paintings that are transferred
to paper. I develop the painting on plexiglass using rollers,
brushes, and anything that will make a mark in the paint,
such as Q-tips, corrugated cardboard and rags. The next step
is to place the plexiglass on the bed of an etching press
and then lay a piece of dampened paper on top of it. As it
goes through the press the image is transferred to the paper.
The resulting monotype has a different look than a painting
because of the pressure on the paint as it is pressed into
The pastels that I use are the traditional chalk pastels.
The colors are beautiful and I try to capitalize on the brilliance
and variety of this medium. I don’t have a particular
method or formula of applying the pastel, but I tend to just
dig in and use as many layers of colors as I need. I use both
soft and hard pastels, the soft ones for putting on thick
color and the hard ones for drawing and making lines. The
image develops slowly and I use whatever techniques will produce
my desired result.