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Instructor: Nancy McTague Stock
November 14, 2020 | 3:30–4:30 PM EST
$30 Members and Non-members

Stencils have long been used by artists and designers to create specific patterning, abstract design, and representational details. In this online workshop, Nancy McTague Stock will demonstrate how to use stencils to create one of a kind monotypes, and how to use them to create a series of monoprints from a at home studio.  This method of printmaking is open to interpretation for participants to work large, small abstract, representational, and so on. No prior experience is necessary, at the same time, this method could be used to build on other printmaking techniques to create dynamic and unique prints.



Image: Nancy McTague Stock, The Waiting Game, Monotype with stencil


NANCY MCTAGUE STOCK received a fellowship for post grad work at The Slade School of Art at the University of London in Drawing, an MFA from The Art Institute of Boston in Visual Studies focused on Painting, Printmaking & New Media and holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in metal-smithing and textiles. Nancy’s varied work has been exhibited at group exhibitions in over ten museums in the United States, with exhibitions in galleries and universities in China, New Zealand, Great Britain, Bulgaria, Serbia and in the US from Los Angeles to New York. Nancy’s work has appeared in the NY Times, Studio Visit Magazine, Art New England Magazine, VCU Arts, CBS Connecticut and The Greenwich Times, among others. Her work is collected by individuals and private and public institutions internationally.

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Printmaking items: 

  • Paper- Fabriano brand Hot Pressed, 140 lb. watercolor paper. I would recommend buying a single sheet, size 22” x 30”, which can be folded and carefully torn into four smaller sized sheets. (Don’t worry, I will demonstrate if you don’t know how to do this!) OR,You may wish to use a pad of watercolor paper, which is also fine, so long as the pad is a little larger than your plexiglass plate. I recommend one sheet per class. For the last class in this series, you may want to experiment with other papers. Some ideas include: One sheet of cold press watercolor paper, size 22” x 30 or 18” x 24”, one sheet of colored printmaking paper (BFK is a good one) in black, gray, blue, cream, 22” x 30”. Another is Twinrocker handmade cold press watercolor paper.
  • Monotype plates- 1 or more pieces of plexiglass. 8” x 10” works well on a quarter sheet of printmaking paper, and 12” x 16” works well on a half sheet of printmaking paper. It is more challenging to work on a larger sheet than this at home. All brands and thicknesses are fine.
  • Brayers- Speedball 4″ or 6″
  • Palette- Scrap plexi-glas or a disposable paper palette
  • Paint/ Ink- One or two colors is fine for this short workshop!Bring colors that are favorites of your own! I do recommend that they be darkercolors rather than lighter ones. Here are a few ideas…. Ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red dark, black, burnt sienna, emerald green


The following are things you may have at home:

  • 1 roll of Viva or Bounty paper towels
  • Vegetable Oil and liquid soap OR Citrasol for clean up.
  • 1 palette knife
  • Water spritz bottle for dampening your paper, OR: A Rubbermaid-type tray or large, pyrex baking dish, or foil baking pan into which you can place your paper flat down in water to dampen evenly. Example: if you have an 8” x 10” piece of paper, your tray needs to be at least 10” x 12” and preferably, 2-3” deep. You can put just an inch of water in it.
  • Plastic gloves
  • One small bottle of rubbing alcohol (or you can put into a small spray bottle) this is for quick clean up of your plate
  • 1 apron if you wish to wear one, otherwise pls. wear old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!
  • One large, old bath or beach towel
  • Scissors
  • Stencil material: Heavy paper…paper bags will do the trick! Feel free to use other things such as lace, doilies, tin foil, all which you can use to create your stencils from.


  • Q-Tips
  • Variety of old, bristle brushes, sizes should vary….
  • Sketchbook for note taking, or for colorful markers to use to create new ideas
  • Newsprint pad to wrap your work in, or a hard portfolio is helpful to keep work clean while it dries!