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Prints of the flora/fauna of Thailand + Burma, designed as part of a workshop with an arts and crafts studio on the Thai-Burma border.
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TBFF on Etsy + Monotypes as a Learning Tool

Posted by Mike Schultz (Creator)
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A collection of available linocut prints.
A collection of available linocut prints.

TBFF on Etsy

It’s been a bustling week in my studio in the midst of the holiday season. If anyone would like to give an existing TBFF print as a gift this year, now is the time to order from my Etsy Shop so it can reach you before the holiday!

Owls, snakes, elephants! This was an order of work that was shipped out today.
Owls, snakes, elephants! This was an order of work that was shipped out today.

My Etsy shop is stocked with the first two linocut prints for the Thailand Burma Flora Fauna project– the Camellia Kissi flower and baby Malayan Tapir!

Plus, one-of-a-kind monotypes featuring Asian elephants, moonlit Bagan, Burma landscapes, regal cats, and Thai Buddha statues.

Thailand Burma Flora Fauna available in my Etsy Shop!
Thailand Burma Flora Fauna available in my Etsy Shop!

Also available: handmade linocuts of owls, moons, snakes, mushrooms, poppies, and a beautiful Atlas Moth carved by friend and artist Don Mackessy during the predecessor project to my Thailand Burma Flora Fauna Kickstarter– a collaborative effort to make imagery about the plants and animals of sunny California. 

A linocut of the American Desert Hare (or Black Tailed Jackrabbit) and a California Poppy.
A linocut of the American Desert Hare (or Black Tailed Jackrabbit) and a California Poppy.
An intricate linocut of an Atlas Moth carved by friend and artist Don Mackessy during a collaborative project about California's Flora and Fauna.
An intricate linocut of an Atlas Moth carved by friend and artist Don Mackessy during a collaborative project about California's Flora and Fauna.

Monotypes as a Learning Tool

In this final stage of the Thailand Burma Flora Fauna project, I am finishing the last of the print designs, and reworking existing images before creating the permanent plates that are to make up the bulk of this series of prints.

Burning the midnight oil reworking existing designs before making the final plates!
Burning the midnight oil reworking existing designs before making the final plates!

Currently, I am in a somewhat awkward position in that this next step requires that all of the print designs are to be completed at once, so that supporters of this project can see the available options simultaneously before choosing which prints they would like to receive.

We are nearly there– and I appreciate all of your patience while I work out the kinks of these last designs! It is important to me that the print designs are equally strong, and that together they make up a cohesive body of work.

I have been making and using monotypes as learning tools to help me understand what is or is not working about a particular print design for the TBFF project. These monotypes have been especially useful for working out the kinks in two different designs-- a print featuring a landscape of Bagan, Burma, as well as another design featuring the Asian Elephant.

The inked copper plate of a hand-drawn monotype featuring the Asian Elephant, before the first print was pulled.
The inked copper plate of a hand-drawn monotype featuring the Asian Elephant, before the first print was pulled.
The ghost print of the Asian Elephant monotype is a one-of-a-kind print after the hand-drawn negative in ink on the copper plate is wiped clean.
The ghost print of the Asian Elephant monotype is a one-of-a-kind print after the hand-drawn negative in ink on the copper plate is wiped clean.

Monotype: A monotype is a one-of-a-kind print made by painting or drawing directly onto a flat copper plate, and then running that plate through a printing press leaving the ink image on paper. My monotypes are unique in that after the print is pulled, I draw back into each image with black and white printing ink, followed by hand stamping an signing each piece.

Monotypes are different from copper plate etchings in that once the prints are pulled, the flat plate is wiped clean, never to be printed again. If it were an etching or engraving, you could reprint more at will.

Usually, after the initial monotype print, you can pull one or two additional “ghost prints”– much lighter variations with less ink and often greater character. The outcome for each one is very different!

Monotypes featuring a small Thai Buddha statue in my home. You can see the variation between the first print and the two additional ghost prints.
Monotypes featuring a small Thai Buddha statue in my home. You can see the variation between the first print and the two additional ghost prints.
Sitting cat monotype.
Sitting cat monotype.
 
A detail of a monotype ghost print that helped me to work out the composition of an upcoming TBFF print., featuring Bagan, Burma.
A detail of a monotype ghost print that helped me to work out the composition of an upcoming TBFF print., featuring Bagan, Burma.

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support for my project, and for your patience while I work out these final designs. 

Also, I really appreciate those of you who reach out to me through email and across social media platforms. Your likes, comments, and support on Facebook, Etsy, and Instagram is so very much appreciated! Thank you!

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