Monotypes with Nancy Friese

imageFriese, Avondale Preserve, watercolor monotype

Monotypes are known for their luminosity, transitional spatial readings sitting between a print and a painting, singular images, and more rapid printing pace. In six workshop sessions, we will use waterless inks and watercolors to create thematic images of the participants own choice. We will advance together first with control of the medium, then with intentional scale choices, and a variety of secondary options such as stencils, ghost runs, and free-form edges. Since Giovanni Castiglione’s immediate monotype explorations in the mid 1660’s, to Degas’s explorative and private monotypes in the late 1800’s to the larger realizations of artists today, the monotype medium has drawn artists of many disciplines to its realm.

Materials List:

  • Watercolors $70 Ten tubes at $7.00 each   Winsor Newton or Old Holland are good brands …..cheaper brands do not hold lines well and have filler. Do not buy gouache.
  • Aqua Wash inks: (mixes with water) white, red, yellow, blue, black
  • Small Soft Roller $6
  • Brushes $20 Watermedia Brushes that come to a point
  • Newsprint Pad $10
  • One styrene or plexiglass plate no higher than 1/16 inch thick $8
  • 5 sheets of Denril $15 large size is useful and can be cut down; it is sold in packs or by individual sheets. Individual sheets are re-usable.
  • Stonehenge paper $50; this paper soaks for ten minutes and transfers dry watercolor very well.  It is predictable and reliable.  Arches 88 has no sizing and is dipped quickly but also can be used for watercolor tube monotypes.
  • Rives, Arches, Somerset etc….can all be used dry without wetting for aqua wash monotypes.

Please note: the Art Store does not stock Old Holland watercolors, Arches 88, or Somerset. All other materials and supplies are available for purchase at our campus Art Store.


image Friese, River Meander, watercolor monotype