Mixed media monoprinting with Michaele Ignon

concord art association michaele ignon mixed media

Join us on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 for our monthly meeting with our guest artist, Michaele Ignon. Michaele will demonstrate monoprinting using acrylic paints, collage, stencils, drawing implements and gel plates.

She will show us how to use layering, masks and stencils, patterns and textures to arrive at a complex and magical finish. The richness and experimentation that can be achieved with these methods will free you in many ways. You’ll learn how move beyond a critical or perfectionist technique and begin to play and experiment...it's a completely joyful process!

Michaele will provide kraft paper, paints and tools for us to work with, too.

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In her own words...
In describing my work, I would say that it is gestural - and at the same time, I play with layering, texture and transparency, then repeat familiar forms. I love the effects these layering techniques give me. I work mostly in acrylic and often incorporate some collage. My initial execution is structured, but my process is guided by emotion and intuition more than from any conscious thought or plan. 
Adventure and experimentation tend to guide me, but fun should always be part of the equation. I strive to be a risk-taker in my work. I like working with vivid color and form, staining, stenciling and mark-making. Some of my favorite tools are water-soluble graphite, watercolor crayons, permanent markers, Sumi ink and collage materials.
concord art association michaele ignon mixed media collage


Creating texture in watercolor paintings

concord art manon jodoin painting

This textural, abstract watercolor landscape is a composition of so many different techniques, which our member artist Manon Jodoin demonstrated for us in our February meeting.

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Working on top of a sheet of glass or plexi, she wets both sides of her watercolor paper. The moisture helps to blend the colors and also keeps the paper flat so it doesn't move while she's painting.

concord art manon jodoin demo

Next she loosely brushes colors across the paper. Before she started, Manon had drawn a little flower in the corner with masking fluid as a resist.

concord art manon jodoin demo

concord art manon jodoin demo

Once her background colors are done (but still very wet), she randomly places small pieces of wax paper, which will change how the color dries underneath.

concord art manon jodoin demo

She adds a layer of medical gauze and brushes it down.

concord art manon jodoin demo

After brushing a tree trunk on the side, she sprinkles some rock salt near the top and lays wrinkled plastic wrap across the bottom.  Each technique adds unique texture to the background to mimic water, rocks, grass, etc. After leaving this to dry for several hours, she will gently peel all the wax paper, gauze and plastic away to reveal a very creative background - then she paints and scratches whatever she likes in the foreground. Beautiful!


February Mini Art Show

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1st place:  Hawaiian Plant by Bev Kenyon - watercolor

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2nd place:  Color Cluster by Farhana Naqvi - oil

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3rd place:  Somebody's Grandpa by Betty McBride - pen & ink

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Citrus by Renaye Johnson - acrylic


February guest artist demo - watercolor textures

Join us for our next member meeting on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the Concord Library, 1-3pm. The public is welcome - you won't want to miss our guest artist demo! Manon Jodoin will show us her favorite techniques for adding texture and building layers in watercolor landscapes and abstracts.

From Manon's website:
I love to create atmospheric, magical and poetic images. I have no pretensions of realism. For now, I am interested in the creation of experimental landscapes, abstracts and human figures. The creative process that I use allows me great freedom, while subjecting me to unexpected results. I love to experiment with different mediums and techniques, but I use mostly watercolors. Even if I wear a lot of black and my house is decorated mostly in white, I still love color. I want to translate positive thinking with vivid colors and forms. I think we all need some light, joy and poetry in our lives.

We are meeting on the FIRST Tuesday this month (instead of the usual second Tuesday) so you can keep Valentine's Day open for spending time with your sweeties. See you soon!