Karen Baden Thapa

Fine Art Printmaking

Printmaking

Dr. Lucy Monotype

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I have been printing subtractive monotypes for the last few months.  This is a process where I ink a plexi- plate with ink and draw out (remove) the ink using q-tips, sponges, drawing tools etc.  This is a portrait of my goofy, loving dog, Dr. Lucy, a Tibetan Mastiff/Husky/Border Collie mutt.  

Dr. Lucy Monotype
Dr. Lucy Monotype

Monotypes

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Copperplate, water soluable black etching ink, brayer, brushes, drawing tools.  I made my first monotypes using the printing press.  It is a very painterly form of printmaking and  I had fun.  IMG_2356

Sedona Prints

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Sedona3sunsetEtch Sedona

Sedona2SunsetEtch

These are three of my Sedona prints.  The middle is printed with etching ink only and the others have ink with a watercolor washes added afterwards.  I find that printmaking paper holds up very well to multiple washed of color.

Etching and Watercolors

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OctypussEtch
OctypussEtch

I love both etching and watercolor so lately,  I have been combining them.  This is a drawing that I did of a California red octopus on display at the Hatfield Marine Research Center, in Newport Oregon.  The octopus was plastered to the side of the tank.  I transferred the drawing to a copper plate, etched it and applied a spray paint aquatint to give it the sandy background.