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Monotype Workshop with Suzanne Stokes

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Monday & Tuesday, August 19 & 20, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This two-day workshop will focus on how to create monoprints, which are one-of-a-kind prints where an image made with ink is transferred onto various papers. Unlike most printmaking techniques, which allow for multiple originals, monoprinting creates a single, unique image at a time. The beauty of this technique lies in its spontaneity and its allowance for combinations of printmaking, painting, and various mark-making methods that can be printed multiple times in a variety of ways. Open to all artistic and printmaking skill levels. Suitable for teens 14+.

Participants will combine hand-cut stencils, trace monoprint techniques, stamps, brushes, brayers, and various plants to make delightful and captivating imagery without a printing press. Multiple techniques will be explored, such as additive and subtractive methods of ink manipulation and how to make multi-layered colored prints. Composition, line quality, pattern, texture, opacity levels, ink layering to create depth, and color mixing with water-based inks will all be covered in this workshop. Inspiration for subject matter can come from plants, objects, photographs, drawings, sketchbooks, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and your imagination! Through experimentation, each participant will come away with a series of unique, compelling, colorful, multi-layered prints. 



Supplies to be purchased from the instructor:

$50 materials fee per student covers the following supplies:

8″ x 10″ gel plate

Water-based inks 


Provided by the instructor at no extra charge:

Mylar- for cutting stencils

Mat board (to make tools from)

Spray bottle for water 

Variety of mark-making tools

Students should supply on their own:

4″ and 2.4″ Brayers- soft- for example- Affcore, Speedball, Teemico

#11 X-acto knife, with 5+ extra blades- X-acto Knife

Self-healing cutting matt- size A3 recommended but at least an 8” x 10” 

Barren- Yasutomo, Speedball, or wooden cooking spoon 

Paint brushes, pencils, bamboo skewers, other wooden tools for making impressions.


Paper towels

Cotton rags

Masking tape

Watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, etc., to work with after the print is done

Plastic gloves


Artist Biography: 

Suzanne Stokes lives and creates her work in both New York’s Hudson Valley and Boothbay Harbor, ME. Her monoprints, installations, and performance work have been shown locally, nationally, and internationally. She has been making monoprints since 2011 and explored papermaking and embossing soon after. She is also the founder and artistic director of the theatrical, shadow-based performance group Cave Dogs. Suzanne was born and raised in Kent, Ohio, and received her BFA from Kent State University, OH, and her MFA from the State University of New Paltz, NY; both Fine Art degrees were a concentration in Metals. She is a Professor in the Art Department at SUNY New Paltz, NY.



August 19
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
$235 – $325
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Bosarge Family Education Center
Botanical Gardens Drive
Boothbay, ME United States


Suzanne Stokes