John Boyes, monotype
I am a native New Mexican and grew up on the East side of the Sandia Mountains outside Albuquerque. I began studying art in the late 1990's. I discovered mono prints in a class taught by Val Garoza at the Harwood Art Center in 2002. Val and I still print together on Val's press in Belen, NM. I also have studied with Michael Coffee at the Shy Rabbit Gallery in Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Michael developed Reductive Ink™ printing techniques for printing without a press.
I often modify the initial prints with additions of colored pencil, acrylic paint, charcoal and pen.
A monotype is a unique, one of a kind print made by placing printers ink on a flat plate using brayers, brushes, fingers, stamps, wine corks etc. (anything is fair game) to create the design of the piece. Printing paper is then pressed onto the plate, either with a press or by hand, to transfer the ink to the paper. This process can be repeated several times. Applying the ink to a flat plate makes it virtually impossible to duplicate the print exactly, hence the name “monotype”.