Botanical Frottage Monotype

Print & Book Arts

Botanical Frottage Monotype

Learn the art of botanical frottage using a range of monotype plant transfer techniques.

Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Fri, 8/16/2024 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Fri, 8/16/2024


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Class, No Prerequisite

Print & Book Arts Studio



Get in touch with the botanical world and printmaking! Learn the plant transfer technique called frottage and combine it with a variety of other monotype techniques using brushes, solvents, and other materials to create layering effects and one-of-a-kind, multi-colored images.

You'll start by gathering plant cuttings from the landscape around BARN. You're also encouraged to bring your own botanical cuttings (only plants that are soft and easily flattened, please!).

Then you'll roll black, oil-based ink on the plant cuttings with a brayer so you can incorporate them into monotype prints. You'll also explore bringing your plant transfer images to life by adding watercolor.

You'll make prints in two ways: by hand using Kozo Studio (mulberry) washi paper, and with the etching press using cotton rag paper.


  • You're encouraged to bring any soft, flat plant cuttings you’d like to print. These can be fresh in a vase or wet paper towel, or dried.
  • You're welcome to bring your own water-based paints, such as watercolors or gouache, and soft brushes to apply them. You'll use these to enhance your prints with color.  BARN will provide these if you do not bring them.
  • Bring a lunch. BARN has a refrigerator and microwave on the lower level.


You'll take home at least two 9-inch by 6.5-inch plant transfer prints on washi paper and four 11-inch by 15-inch  monotype prints on BFK Rives paper.


A materials fee of $15, included in the price of the class, provides everything you need, including:

  • Oil-based printing inks.
  • Thai Kozo paper for hand rubbings.
  • BFK Rives cotton rag paper for printing with the press.
  • Plexiglass plates for monotypes.
  • Brayers.
  • Ink knives.
  • Watercolors and other water-based pigments.
  • Brushes.
  • Aprons and gloves.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Yoshi Nakagawa

A Tacoma-based visual artist, Yoshi has specialized in printmaking since 1999. She pulled her first print at the University of Puget Sound, and continued her craft in Seattle and Oaxaca, Mexico. Her artwork is influenced by patterns of the natural world and Japanese textiles, along with her experiences living in Oaxaca, Japan, and the Pacific Northwest. She has exhibited and taught workshops in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Japan, South Africa, and Honduras. See her work at

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