Barbara Kuzara: Monotype Printing Without a Press

$275/2-Day Workshop


February 24, 2023- February 25, 2023

Monotype Printing Without a Press

The monotype appeal lies in its unique translucency that creates a quality of light that is very different from a painting on paper. The spontaneity of monotype provides the the ability to combine printmaking, painting and drawing. Adding these mediums allows you to another layer of interest to specific areas, the entire plate, or the background.

Day 1 Basic Monotype Techniques

Day 1 students will learn to work with water-based inks and gain an understanding of how to get impressions with the use of rolling pins and wooden spoons. Areas to be covered in this class include mixing inks, adding and removing ink to a plate, use of templates and textures, and what can be done with the ghost.

• About the inks
• Using of inks
• Clean up of inks
• Mixing inks
• Using stabile pencils, watercolor crayons
• Marking back of plate
• Marking paper to line up properly with each run (Registration)
• Working back into a print
• Using alcohol
• Mark making
• Removing ink on plate

Day 2 Monotype Expanded
Working with water-based inks and a basic printing station, you obtain strong impressions which include Chine colle’.

Day 2 will cover a range of techniques possible in the monotype process through the use of collage, drawing, and multiple plate projects. Students will be encouraged to use mixed media techniques, which will open the door to limitless variations among which is layering, use of mark making tools, collage and texture. The approach to mixed media will allow each student’s individual style to take the direction of their work. We will also cover working on finished prints and resolving issues, those happy accidents, that may happen after printing.

• Use of various papers
• Adhering paper to paper
• Layout – where each piece will lay on plate
• Adhering pieces in the order that was laid out
• Use of adhesive and glue stick
• Using Prismacolor pencils

Skill Level Required

Mixed media
All Welcome

About Barbara Kuzara

Barbara is a multi-faceted artist whose work includes acrylic painting, printmaking and jewelry. Barbara’s work is predominantly abstract with textural surface and composition being very important to her work.

Barbara was born in New York City, but has lived most of her life in the Southwest. She is co-owner of a gallery in the village of Tubac in southern Arizona. The beauty and serenity of the region has inspired many of her works. She began studying Fine Art in Community College and ASU taking classes ranging from design to photography, drawing to painting. She has continued her art education through workshops with professional artists and participated in two monotype printmaking workshops with a Master Printmaker. It was in these workshops that Barbara developed a real passion for printmaking and experimenting with various printmaking techniques.

Artist Statement:
“My artwork is an interpretation of what struck me, the “necessary”. I have strived to create work that is not an image of what was in front of me, but rather how it made me feel or something I remember about the experience. What is “necessary” to me is translating that feeling or memory into something that will strike the viewer with some emotion or memory of their own. With abstract art, the content of the art isn’t there until the viewer puts it there through their interpretation of it.
There is a mystery which has been created with abstract art. “


Learn more about Barbara Kuzara

at Barbarakuzarafineart.com 


4 Calle Iglesias, Tubac, AZ 85646

PO Box 5112, Tubac, AZ 85646