Elizabeth Carlsson


My interest in printing techniques began during art teacher training. I took some orientation courses and a longer basic course in stone lithography at the Lithographic Museum in Huddinge. A few years later, after an inspirational trip to Japan and several basic courses in MokuHanga with Neringa Stjernman (Sweden), I focused mostly on this technique.

I exhibited my first MokuHanga in 2018 in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy in Stockholm. After that followed a series of exhibitions: The Graphic Society, jury-judged international exhibition “Mini printing” at Husby ArtHall and own exhibition at Galleri Husby Gård. Unfortunately, I injured my shoulder and could no longer carve.

It took a while before I found monotype. I was happy to find a technique that was environmental friendly. I knew that Arne Isaksson, Swedish watercolor artist, worked with watercolor monotypes on Bible paper, but it was only when I discovered Paul Gauguin’s monotypes that I seriously began to study this technique. Through MoMA’s Professional Development Programme, I had the opportunity to study Sam Gilliam’s monotype technique. These experiences, together with my previous knowledge of MokuHanga, form the basis of the monotype technique I explore today.