WHAT IS A CLAYPRINT? MY MONOPRINT, "GUITARIST" IS A CLAYPRINT

 Mitch Lyons d. March 5, 2018. Here he is  teaching his unique clayprinting method

Mitch Lyons d. March 5, 2018. Here he is  teaching his unique clayprinting method

It was a fun and unique experience when I studied with the printmaker MITCH LYONS who invented CLAY PRINTMAKING.  This technique of printing uses colored clay. The plate (or matrix) is a slab of wet clay and china clay slip with organic pigments are used as the "ink". The slip is applied to the wet slab using a variety of techniques, i.e., slip trailing, stenciling, stamping, etc. to develop the design. A wooden rolling pin "the press" is rolled over a dampen paper that pulls a thin layer of colored clay from the matrix. It is amazing how many monoprints can be pulled from the same slab without re-charging the slab. The print is pulled on Pellon (a fabric used for interfacing)—and so each print has an additional texture. Here my "Guitarist" below

GUITARIST