Carlyn Ekstrom

Carlyn Ekstrom

Watertown, MA
Night Blooming Cereus, Trace Monotype, Monotype and Stencils
18.5 x18

“Night Blooming Cereus” is a trace monotype with monotype and stencils made with Akua Inks on Rives BFK 250g white in 2010.

PLATE MAKING
Use a clean Lexan plate
Mix up Akua ink stiffened with magnesium carbonate; roll onto Lexan plate
Cut a few stencils out of oaktag

PRINTING
Place print paper on top of plate
Draw desired image on back of print paper or on tracing paper over print back
Peel off print from plate
Wipe away ink on plate to make “whites” using trace monotype lines as guide
Paint or roll on resist (transparent base mixed with blending medium) in areas you want to retain “white” and roll over plate with another color
Place print or clean paper on plate and put through etching press
Ink up stencils and place on plate; put print through press again and again until print satisfies your aesthetic