II/Twelve is an original monotype on paper.
A monotype is a unique print that starts out as a drawing or painting on a surface (usually something non-porous like a blank printing plate or a piece of mylar) that is transferred to another surface with pressure.
II/Twelve began as a ghost print of the drawing I made for I/Twelve (on the left). A ghost print is any print made off of a printing plate after the first print without reinking the plate.
The ghost image is buried under many layers of oil-based monotypes. By layer, I mean passes through the press.
Some of the layers are washes–thinned oil paint or ink–that I painted on my printing plate and then printed.
Many of the layers are stamped textures. I rolled out ink on a piece of glass, pushed fabric or textured papers into the ink, and then pushed the inky fabric on my printing plate. I could then edit the marks before printing the plate.
I associate each of the Twelve prints with a month. II/Twelve represents February in southern Ontario, with the icy blues of the Great Lakes and the warm browns of a midwestern forest.