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Painting on Prints

A frustrating part of printmaking is the element of surprise.  You never know what you are going to get until the paper is pulled from the plate.

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Sometimes the linocut is perfect and ready to hang on the wall.

Other times, not so perfect…and it needs some help.

I used to think it was cheating to ‘touch up’ a print, until I saw some works by Degas.  He often enhanced his monotypes with paint and pastel.   The painting above is an example of his print/pastel technique.

Here’s my slightly flawed linocut – enhanced with acrylic, colored pencil and pastel.  It is now an amazing mixed media painting.

Talk about happy accidents!