Alternative to Solvents in Monotype: Akua Test 10

December 8, 2015
Researchers:
 Stephanie Motyka & Kristina Key
Room Temperature: 68 degrees F
Humidity: low
Materials: PETG plate, water, washing soda (sodium carbonate), Akua Intaglio Ink
Abstract: Using the textures and methods we have been testing to create a more complete composition in print.

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Stephanie’s Procedure:

I began by rolling over the entire plat with a gradient roll and wiping away the forms i wanted to focus on. After i printed that layer i began with the textured forms using the washing soda and water mixture spray. I mixed 1 cup of warm water with 1 tbsp of washing soda in a spray bottle and used the hair dryer to dry the plate after spraying.

State 2 detail

State 2 detail

I masked the areas I wanted the textures to be so I could place them where I wanted on the print. I used the organic quality and fluidity of the textures to create a wave-like effect.

(top left to right) Plate, State 1, state 2, (bottom left to right) state 3, state 4, state 5.

(top left to right) Plate, State 1, state 2, (bottom left to right) state 3, state 4, state 5.

I then decided the print needed a solid object to offset the fluid marks along the bottom. After going back and forth between solid and fluid textures I ended up at a balance between the two. It was very easy to add the textures from the washing soda mixture on top of any other layers previous. It worked best to start lightest and then work darker in areas if needed.

State 5

State 5

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Kristina’s Procedure:

I wanted to combine a copper plate over top a monotype using this method. It quickly  became clear that you should not soak or dip the monotype into the water bath to print the copper etching. The Akua quickly ran and became washed like a watercolor. It also printed through the paper onto the newsprints and partially onto the blanket in an area (second image). So, it seems it would be best to print the etching first or print it dry atop the monotype (first image).

bottom print was dipped in water before printing

bottom print was dipped in water before printing

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