Mono Printing on Clay with Clay Slips
Clay mono printing is a new technique that I’m exploring. Ceramic stain [non-organic colorants] is added to liquid clay along with powdered tempera paint [organic colorant]. These stains are splashed, dripped, drizzled and squirted onto newsprint. The newsprint is a way to transfer the designs to the clay and not have them so wet. Stencils, leaves, fish nets, and anything else with a porous texture is used to create a multi layered design. The newsprint is placed over stencils and pressed into the clays surface with a brayer. Dried colored slip is sprinkled over various areas to create another layer of color. After the design is completed, a mono print is pull by laying a fibrous paper on the slab and spraying both surfaces with water. After checking, respraying and rolling the pastel clay mono-print is ready to be removed. The stab is then turned into a vessel. Once fired with a coat of clear glaze finishes the process.