Marian L. O’Connell

Marian L. O’Connell

Middletown, RI
Dandelion 1/1, Monoprint / Etching
12.5 x 12.25

My digital photograph of a dandelion was downloaded onto my computer. Using Photoshop and drawing I created my image and printed it onto transparency film. This film was again corrected using opaque markers and a razor blade before laying it on top of a Solarplate and exposing it to ultraviolet light. I developed this plate in water and then inked it ala poupee (applying two or more colors on an intaglio plate with small dabbers) and ran it through the press onto Sekishu rice paper. When the rice paper was dry, a process called chine collé, glue was applied to the rice paper and laid on top of a thicker piece of Somerset paper and ran through the press again to adhere the two papers together. The final enhancement was the addition of watercolors to the final monoprint.