Watercolor Monotypes: the rabbit hole of stencils – R0505-18

Date: Jul 02 - 06, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Sue Oehme

Tuition: $985
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Venture into the exciting world of stencils in a focused five-day workshop. Participants produce a series of watercolor monotypes, and work with layering, textures and various plate surfaces, including vellum and collagraphs, in this fun and engaging course. With an emphasis on cut stencils, this luminous and fluid process works well with both realism and abstraction. The method is primarily non-toxic and offers an exceptionally wide tonal range, often exhibiting the density of an oil painting. We gain inspiration and developmental ideas from looking at prints by Homare Ikeda, Melissa Meyer, Nancy Friese, Katherine Bowling, Ken Buhler and others who work in the watercolor monotype medium.

Media & Techniques:

Students create with both tube and pan watercolors and gouache paints. We learn proper paper preparation, primarily using unsized fine printing papers. There is ample time to focus on a particular series.


Short daily demonstrations occur each morning and after lunch. These demonstrations include a viewing of watercolor monotypes, test printing, plate preparation with a gum base, basic color mixing, various methods of paint application, printing registration, print drying and signing. We discuss examples of the medium and develop a cohesive body of prints.


Master Printer Sue Oehme is the owner of Oehme Graphics, a fine print publisher based in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Sue worked at Tyler Graphics and Riverhouse Editions, and has taught printmaking workshops at Northwestern University, Denver University, the Women’s Studio Workshop, Brandeis University, Boston University and Scripps College, and lectured at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. www.oehmegraphics.com

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