Monotype/Monoprint 127 day Challenge

Starting on January first I began to create monotypes every day. I challenged myself to continue every day until May 7, my birthday. That would be 127 days and quite a few more monotypes than the number of days.  Actually, I completed more than 500 monotypes for the project. And if you are wondering, I did work every day including the days we were away from my studio.

I thought that once I was done I would create a book showing the works. Now I see that I have to rethink this. Now that I have completed photographing and editing the works. I think I’ll take a dozen or so from each month and link them on this page. That way I can see and you can see what I’ve done.

But first, let me explain a bit about my process. I DO NOT use a press. I don’t own one though I wish I did. I create my prints by inking (acrylic paint, Printing inks, and Chinese ink) on a glass plate. I mostly use an 8 x 6-inch plate glass base mounted on a piece of wood. The wood support has two additional pieces of wood, one horizontal and one vertical, to be used as a basic registration tool. That way I can create with different passes.  I print on 9 x 12-inch Bristol, watercolor paper of different weights, hand-made paper when it’s gifted to me, and a linen resume paper that I found at a Fleamarket. I have on occasion also printed on larger paper, usually 14 x 17 inches for which I created a larger plate. I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I did producing the works. And please let me know what you think of the pieces.

If you’re interested in collecting one or more please contact me at

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Donald Kolberg graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He taught at the Los Angeles School of Art and co-founded Art Core, an organization dedicated to the open dialogue and display of the work of emerging artists. He continued his Master studies at Otis Art Institute. While at Otis Art Institute his teacher and main influence was internationally recognized painter Arnold Mesches. In Artcore he worked under the guidance of Lydia Takashita. With their teaching Donald learned the value of depth, texture and form in images and surface. He incorporated this into his concept of Life Forms, the portrayal of the human figure as a landscape of life and a celebration of form through Sculpture and Painting.

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