Monotype miniature book


With a miniature art exhibition coming up, I decided to continue making monotypes, using the same approach I took in making larger works to make some miniatures. Using smaller stencils and a similar colour palette, I made a set of 16 prints, each 7 x 11 cm. Two of them happily stood alone, so I have framed them, and I decided I would like to make a miniature book out of some of the others. As usual, I went through a number of ideas and approaches before I decided on a concertina. I wanted to keep the torn edges of each print, so made a backing  from a drypoint print, printed in ochre on brown paper (see below), then folded and glued 8 of the prints down. The imagery suggested to me the views you see in Central Australia – bright blue skies, red dirt and huge monolithic rock formations, so I have called it ‘Mapping the Road from East to West’. Once the book was made, I felt it needed more depth and intensity, so with some trepidation decided to overprint it using the drypoint plate that made the texture on the back. If it hadn’t worked, I would have had to abandon the whole thing, but all was well, and I think it has enhanced the imagery, and the sense of Central Australia.

Once the book was complete I made a tag to contain all the details (the colophon), then had to decide on how it would be held together, whether a box, or a tie of some kind. The final solution was to make a slip cover, open at both ends, like the cover on a box of matches, from two of the remaining prints.

The title of the exhibition is East Meets West in Miniature – this is open to broad interpretation, so I decided to make it where East meets West in Central Australia.

The individual prints
The book with slip cover. The colophon tag is just visible underneath.


The back
The book in its case, with the colophon
The two individuals before they were framed.

Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

24 thoughts

  1. These are sublime – the individual prints as well as the book with its cover. I am convinced of Central Australia – and you have convinced me with such economy – which leaves much room for my (the viewer’s) power of suggestion. Exquisite – and made with such care and ingenuity that there must be Japanese in you somewhere back.

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  2. How does one translate a personal journey of discovery , that sense of *beforeness in such an ancient landscape successfully into one’s art ?
    Well , you’ve done JUST that Anna . Something very special within the folds here in your miniature book . I love how you’ve approached the theme … the printed overlayered background is a beautiful addition … dried river beds … contours of a kind … yes mapping … clever you !
    Those little monoliths huddle together like a family in harmony !
    Wishing you all very best for the exhibition xx Poppy


    1. The Australian landscape is so ancient, it is a challenge to try to encapsulate it – I’m delighted that you get that sense Poppy, and the cracked earth and contours … I am captivated by maps, and journeys, they seem so significant to the relationship between us and our place in the world. Thank you so much Poppy, I always appreciate your comments, lovely to hear from you – I hope all is well in your world! xx


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