Mokulito MonotypeWorkshop with Jeff Sippel
June June 5-9, 2023
Mokulito-Monotype! is simply the best of many worlds. Mokulito has its origins in Japan as an on wood (instead of stone) form of lithography that is done on an etching press. Monotype adds the spontaneity, freedom, simultaneous use of numerous colors, layering of papers and the marks of painting to printmaking. This is such a departure from the rigors of Jeff’s time at Tamarind. Who knows, while he might become known as a litho-heretic, but around here, he’s a visionary.
Through his own work, Jeff has experimented with, expanded and refined the use of acrylic inks for all areas of printmaking. These inks have equal if not more of lushness and saturation of classic oil based inks, with greater workability, fabulous pigments, drying to a waterproof finish, yet safer to handle.
Mokulito is known for its ability to hold and convey the artist’s direct marks, textures and tonal intention. Beautiful line, subtle to lush tones, tactile surface to work on and an efficiency in making multiples are all hallmarks of Mokulito. And Mokulito if free of all of the demanding complexities, toxicities, and risky physical hazards associated with stone lithography.
Sought out to teach worldwide, Jeff has been teaching printmaking most of his life. In the early years, he received his training at Tamarind, later returning as Tamarind’s master instructor of professional (master) printers. That, of course, was on stone. Since joining the faculty at MakingArtSafely, Jeff has thrown himself into alternatives to stone lithography. Today, like every other printmaking process, lithography has gone through a non-toxic transformation and can be practiced simpler, faster, safer, and more creatively.
Jeff Sippel has trained of a generation of lithographers, and now is teaching artists how to use lithography as their own, through the process of Mokulito . His students have scattered around the world to do great work. Those who have experienced studying with him end up with a real affection for Jeff. Some consider themselves diSippels (pronounced like disciples). He is salt of the earth, generous, funny, and imminently experienced and, knowledgeable.
In addition to the instructors’ free of charge banter and teaching, the course includes enough plywood plates to do all Mokulito techniques demonstrated well as: ink, and enough paper, all other required materials and tools. See What to Bring for suggestions of additional personal tools and materials you might want to bring.
What to Bring
Described below are additional items for Mokulito Monotype you may want to bring:
- Idea source materials such as your drawings and photographs.
- Brushes for water-based material – a variety of sizes to suit your working style. The studio has some communal stiff brushes.
- Collage materials – washi papers, old prints/drawings, photos, photocopied material, found materials – this is totally open to each participant; (local art stores have loads of papers)
- Favorite drawing and mark-making materials.
- Good hand pencil sharpener for soft leads (electric sharpener provided in the studio)
- Large enough luggage to pack small and medium prints, with stiff protector (cardboard or matt board). Prints from this class will typically be 11×15″ and 15×20″ which should fit airline carry-on size limitations.
- Note your General Studio Fee is used to provide an extensive array of relevant shop needs, including: ink, ink knives, modifiers, cleaning supplies, paper towels and rags, tarlatan, newsprint, mat knives, aprons, some drawing acetates, India ink, semi ink, and a thorough list of other communal creative print shop needs. What is not covered by your fees are printing paper beyond what is already included and other non-communal printing supplies.
That’s it! Any questions about supplies, please contact us.
- Monday morning begins with students arriving at the studio between 9:30-10 AM.
- Daily instruction is 10 AM to 4 PM with the studio open to students between 9:30 AM and 7 PM. Exception is Friday when the workshop ends at 4 PM.
- Bring a lunch everyday except Wednesday when we go out Dutch for a late lunch