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Playful Portraits

A Fun & Easy Monoprinting Portrait Workshop

Are you new to creating portraits, or do you feel a bit intimidated by it? Or are you a more experienced artist looking for new ways to create interesting texture and a looser style?

In this 1 hour online workshop we’re going to create a beautiful portrait, based on a fun and easy monoprinting technique which is great for creatives of all levels!

This method is very helpful if you’re new to drawing portraits, because it provides an easy starting point and helps to get an understanding of the structure and proportions of the face. But it’s also an interesting technique for more advanced creatives to create texture and work in a looser style.

And no worries, you don’t need any fancy tools – not even a gel plate or a plastic sheet! It’s a fun and simple method that will give beautiful and surprising results.

Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise.  JULIA CAMERON

What is monoprinting?

Monoprinting is a technique whereby you apply a medium, such as ink or paint, onto a surface called a ‘printing plate’. Then you press paper onto the printing plate so that the image is transferred to the paper. The difference with other types of printmaking techniques, is that each print will be unique, hence the name monoprinting.

I discovered monoprinting in 2014 and loved it right away! That’s why I developed a fun and easy method to incorporate it into portraiture. The fact that you don’t know exactly what the print will look like, the surprise element, and the unexpected textures that you can create, make this a very enjoyable and playful way to start your portrait!

Using a monoprint as the base of our portrait

This workshop is called Playful Portraits because we’re going to use a fun and playful method to create portraits! I’ll show you a super simple way to make a monoprint, which will form the base layer of your portrait and a helpful guide for the placement of the features and the shading of the face.

If you’re new to drawing faces, or if you feel insecure about it, this can be an great way to start your portrait, without having to do a lot of measuring or drawing outlines. It’s a perfect tool to help you loosen up your portrait work, while also getting a better understanding of the structure, proportions, and tonal values of a face.

The monoprint also gives your portrait a beautiful and interesting texture. It’s always a surprise how it will turn out, which is part of the fun and a great way to loosen up and let go of control. You can’t really predict the outcome, which is a good exercise to learn to use unexpected elements to your advantage and work with what emerges.

So, in this workshop we’re going to play with this monoprinting technique! I’ll show you one way to use it, but I hope you’ll be inspired to explore further. Experiment with different images, colors and supplies, to see what happens and discover what you like best. All you need is an open and curious mindset, and a willingness to work with what emerges. Give yourself time to learn, explore & practice this technique and to embrace the surprising results!

You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.  PAULO COELHO

No special tools needed

In this workshop we’re going to use a very easy and fun monoprinting technique that doesn’t require any special tools or supplies. You don’t need any fancy printing plates – not even a gel plate or a plastic sheet. You also don’t need tools like a brayer or baren, or specialized inks or paints. We’re going to work with a simple printout, photocopy or magazine clipping and use just one crayon and one pencil as our main supplies!

List of supplies

Below are the main supplies that we’ll use in this workshop. A more detailed list with some additional tools and alternative options will be available after registration.

  • Hot press watercolor paper
  • 1 water-soluble crayon (like Neocolor II or soft pastel)
  • 1 pastel pencil or other type of colored pencil
  • White gesso
  • One or more soft brushes

What will you learn?

In this workshop we’re going to explore various techniques, which can of course be applied to any portrait that you want to create in the future. Some of the things that we’ll cover:

  • Creating monoprints in a very simple way
  • Creating the base values of the face without sketching
  • Working with water techniques
  • Drawing a face
  • Using crayons for dry and wet techniques
  • Creating interesting texture
  • Building up the portrait in layers
  • Working with tonal values

What will you receive

1 hour video lesson

1 hour video lesson, recorded in high-quality and real-time.

Downloadable videos & materials

You can download all the videos and reference photos, so you can keep them forever.

Lifetime access

You get life-time access to the course website, so you can do the workshop at your own pace.

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1 hour self-study workshop
Start directly after purchase
Lifetime access
All videos & materials can be downloaded

€ 29

Prices in Euro will be used for the actual purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never taken an online course. How does it work?

Once you sign up, you can use the login and password that you chose for your account to access the private website of the class. Since this is a self-study class, all videos and materials are available right away on the website.

Lifetime access, what does that mean in practice?

You get lifetime access to the workshop. In practice this means that the course website (including all videos and course materials) will remain accessible to you for as long as this workshop is being offered for sale. If this workshop at some point in the future isn’t going to be offered for sale anymore, you will have 6 months to download all videos and course materials if you want to keep them forever.

Can I download the videos?

Yes, you can download all the videos and other materials of this workshop.

Is there a dedicated Facebook group for this class?

There is no dedicated Facebook group for this class, but you are invited to join my personal Facebook group Juna Biagioni’s Art Atelier. It’s a great place to ask questions, share your work, and meet new art friends.

Can I get feedback from you on my work?

The self-study class does not include in-depth feedback on individual work. However, I am always available in the Facebook group if you have questions about supplies or other course related topics.

I have never worked with the monoprinting technique before. Can I sign up?

Absolutely! The technique is simple to follow and will be explained and shown in the videos. You also don’t need any special products or printing plates for this technique, so it’s very easy to do.

Do I need a special printing plate or other tools?

No, in the workshop you’ll learn a very simple but effective monoprinting technique. You don’t need special printing plates, like a gel plate, linoleum, or even a plastic sheet. You also don’t need tools like a brayer or a baren.

Do you work with a reference photo in this workshop?

Yes, we will be working with reference photos in this workshop. They will be available for download from the class website.

Can I get a refund after purchasing this course?

Due to the downloadable nature of this course, no refunds are given after purchasing this course.

Can I give this course as a gift?

Certainly! Just contact me by filling in the form below and I’ll be happy to help.

How can I contact you?

You can contact me by filling in this form.

Practical Info

Click here to read the practical information before purchasing the workshop.

Access to the course

Once you have purchased your course, you return to a confirmation page with an overview of your registered courses. When you click on a course you should be already logged-in to the course site and have immediate access to the classroom.

If at any time you need to login to the site, you will need your username (the email address that you used to sign up for the course) and the password which you chose when you signed up. With your username and password you can always access your courses by clicking on ‘Login’ at the top of this website.

Practical requirements

This course will be presented online, so you need a web browser. I recommend Chrome or Firefox. Make sure your browser is updated to the latest version.

You will get the best results if you use a laptop or computer. You can use smaller devices (like a tablet) as well, but then the layout may change slightly.

If you want to download the videos, you need space on the hard drive of your computer, or an external storage like an external hard drive or a USB stick.

Other requirements:

  • A high-speed internet connection to be able to download the videos or watch them online.
  • A basic understanding of IT, like reading emails, watching videos online, reading PDF documents, and navigating websites like Facebook. If you’re having trouble with some IT related stuff some help can be given, but in-depth IT guidance cannot be given.
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