Beginner | 5 hours
Taught by Courtney Cerruti
Making an artful image doesn't have to be difficult. With just a few unique materials, you can create a beautiful illustration without any drawing experience at all. Artist Extraordinaire Courntey Cerruti is excited to expand one of her most popular Creativebug classes into a daily practice exploring monoprinting. First made popular by Andy Warhol, these monoprints use a blotted line technique made by using a process that combines tracing with basic printmaking. The result is dotted, broken, and delicate lines that can then be colored in. There is a lot of freedom inherent in this technique - the quality of your line expresses your own style - with each inking and impression of the original image producing a unique illustration.
Learn how to:
  • Set up materials to master the drawing/printing process
  • Use a nib pen and dinky-dip inkwell
  • Combine images to make composite compositions
  • Make aesthetic decisions (color, line, etc.) to create a particular visual impact
  • Customize a drawing to make a personalized image of a person or animal

What you'll get:
  • Instructions on how to make blotted-line monoprints
  • 31 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list and PDF containing reference images
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from Courtney Cerruti
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students

Chapters
Artober: 31 Days of Spooky Monoprints
01:14
03:27
11:07
06:08
11:23
06:26
09:08
06:15
10:19
09:08
09:35
06:57
10:26
11:34
15:03
11:03
04:54
15:19
09:35
09:52
07:41
12:34
16:24
12:55
06:18
05:05
08:22
06:17
15:00
21:48
08:22
07:51
19:02
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Transparency sheets
  • Straight holder
  • Stainless Steel pointed nib pen – Courtney is using Nikko G
  • Nib pen sets shown: Speedball No. 20 and No. 5 General, Hunt nibs
  • Medium weight paper (minimum 28#) – Courtney is using Strathmore drawing paper, Canson Mixed Media paper, Paper Source text weight black and gravel, and Hammermill 28# printer paper. You can also use other toned papers such as kraft, grey and blacks found at your local art supply store.
  • F&W Acrylic Ink or other waterproof ink – Courtney is using Payne's Grey, Indigo, and White
  • Watercolors – Courtney is using Prima Watercolors "The Classics" and Prima Watercolors "Decadent Pies" and Finetec and Prima metallic watercolors
  • Paintbrushes – Courtney is using a #4 round brush
  • Baby wipes or Windex and paper towels
  • Washi or painter's tape
  • Dinky dips and eye dropper (optional)
  • Image references printed from PDF – find more images on pexels.com
  • Book shown –
  • Andy Warhol, A is for Andy,‎ Mudpuppy Books; Brdbk edition (January 19, 2016) ISBN-13 ‏: ‎978-0735346031
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Sanae Ishida
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