Monotypes and the Surprise Factor
Yesterday morning I spent another couple of hours creating monotypes and thinking about how the imagery can become more my own after exhausting many of the experimental possibilities. I’ve acquired a sizable collection of textural objects and things to use as stencils which provide a variety of fun layering and complexity.
But sometimes I want to be surprised. So for this session I wanted to steer the process in my own direction — more intentionally organic, random and intuitive. I’m pleased and even excited about the outcome. The Gelli Plate has a wonderful sensitivity to every delicate mark, which could be easily lost under layers of paint and stencils. I like the monotype best when these intuitive marks can be preserved.
I’m looking forward to pursuing this process further. I love that it is low-tech, immediate, always surprising, and filled with instant gratification.