Monday, May 16, 2011

Monotypes at Primrose Park

This weekend I flew to Sydney to run a 2-day monotype workshop with members of the Primrose Park Arts Group.

The idea behind the workshop was to use monoprinting to extend their creativity and art practice.  We started out by playing around with small plates and simple designs using plants, onion bags etc just to give everyone an idea of how collage monotypes are created, and to introduce them to the wonderful ghost prints.

The remainder of the weekend was spent with each participant working on their own projects.  Some used the large plates I provided, others explored hand-printing and water-based oil paints.  I was extremely pleased that they were able to work within their own art practice using the collage monoprinting process. 

This is the first time I have had an opportunity to share the techniques that I have developed over the past 2 years.  Usually there isn't enough time.

I returned to Brisbane last night after a most enjoyable weekend.  I stayed at the Cremorne Point Manor and enjoyed walks along the harbour foreshore with views of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. 

Thanks very much to Jean for her very efficient organisation and tasty lunches, and most of all thank you to the girls who joined me in the workshop - you were very friendly and approachable but most importantly, willing to try new ideas and push yourselves to new creative heights.

Inside Primrose Park Art Centre - home to papermakers,
calligraphers, and photographers

The Primrose participants with some monotypes
completed at the workshop


  1. ahhh its been a while since I last peeked into primrose park..... the exterior I expect has altered very little (isn't it a funny building?) but the interior makeup has changed quite a bit over the years... I remember when I first went there - in the early 1990s when the ASC joined with other arty folk to lease the building - there used to be all this amazing paper making and bookbinding equipment throughout the space..... last time I was there (a couple of years ago) all the bookbinding stuff were gone - and the paper makers beaters and other gear was all packed away..... sigh.... it just wasn't the same...

    pleased you had fun (I happen to think its a lovely spot - even if I DO have to drive about 6 hrs to get there!)

  2. Hi Sandra, it sounds like you had a lot of fun! I'll be teaching there myself at the end of October, so it was fun to see pictures of the workshop again.