In the Maniere Noire style

Rosie has been getting herself and some of her students grubby with this maniere noire technique. Paperstew’s blog post has quite a bit of detail about the method.

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I returned Tuesday from 4 intense days of creating art thanks to the incredible Rose Davies. She traveled from Swansea Wales (yes, from the UK!) all the way to little ol’ Idaho to introduce 6 artists to a more advanced monotype technique. The workshop was offered by Wingtip Press operated by Amy Nack in Boise. Amy, I love your space!!!!

What is Maniere Noir? Basically it’s French for ‘in the black manner’ and often refers to the mezzotint printmaking technique. For our purpose, it refers to a reductive drawing style using charcoal or graphite on paper.  Rose had us spend a day working with the reductive technique to prime our brain cells for 3 days of color reduction.

Rose and Amy prepped full sheets of Rives BFK paper with 2 coats of gesso. They used Hake brushes which left some nice texture.

We applied a dense coating of charcoal…

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