watercolor monotype, ©2012 Elana Goren
ink and pastel on paper, ©2012, Elana Goren
As I was taught by a fellow artist at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop this past winter, I start by coating the plexiglass plate with gum arabic and then I buff it in with a dry cheesecloth. I believe that this helps the media release from the plate onto the paper when it goes through the press
The first print above was created using watercolor paints and Dr. Martin's Hydrus liquid watercolor which has some pretty intense colors. The second print was created with Higgins non-waterproof ink (which may be fugitive--I'm not sure) and pastel pigments applied both directly and with a wet brush.
I hope to post more of these as I become a little more comfortable with the process.
UPDATE: Gum arabic definitely needs to be buffed into the plexiglass plate before you apply watercolor. An