I am making one-of-a-kind mixed-media art combining digital photography and hectography (a.k.a. gelatin monoprinting). The hectograph was the original duplicator “machine,” but has recently been modified for use by artists. Hectography, today, is a hand-printing method which uses a gelatin sheet (the hectograph) as the printing plate and the artist’s hands as the printing press. Paint is applied in a thin layer to the gelatin sheet; stencils, stamps or soft objects may be used to create patterns in the paint. Paper is laid over the painted gelatin and pressed with the hands. When the paper is removed, much of paint is transferred to the paper. The gelatin plate is then cleaned of remaining paint, a new layer of paint is typically applied and the paper pressed again, creating multiple layers of different colored and patterned paint. Since most of the paint is removed from the hectograph once a single sheet of paper is pressed to it, no other copies can be made. Thus, each art piece is unique. I am using mostly metallic paints on oriental papers to create my hectographs. For some pieces, I am using transparencies rather than paper and the hectograph is adhered to the back of the transparency.

Once the hectograph is dry, I print over the paper or transparency containing the monoprint using my photographs that have been digitally-manipulated in various ways (including blending of two or more images) using Adobe Photoshop software.

All materials used in this process are of archival quality.

 If you would like to learn more about my process,
please check out this 5 minute video from
"LIVING HERE" by KRWG-TV (PBS)
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