Monoprinting is a process whereby only one print is pulled from a printing plate-that means each print is one of a kind! Monoprinting is fun for all ages and is easy to do at home with every day materials. *Remember your image will be reversed when you print it so if you write any words be sure to write them backwards on your plate!
• A thick water-based paint (Acrylic or tempera).
• Some of these materials: Paintbrushes, toothbrush, q-tips, pencils, sponge, string, leaves, feathers, popsicle sticks, saran wrap, stamps, etc. Really you can use anything that will create an interesting texture and that you don’t mind getting ink on!
• A small sheet of plexiglass (we used an 9 x 12in piece in the class – you can get small pieces for around $5 at Home Depot). You can also use a cookie sheet or any smooth non-porous surface.
• A spray bottle filled with water.
• A covered work area. This can be messy!
• Soft rubber brayer or small paint roller. *optional
• A wooden spoon. *optional
METHOD # 1
Using the brayer, roll ink out onto the plexiglass, covering it completely.
Using the end of a pencil, popsicle stick, or q-tip draw an image on the plexiglass.
Place paper on plexi and rub the back of the paper lightly with your hand or the back of a wooden spoon.
Peel away paper.
METHOD # 2
Using the brayer, roll ink onto the plexiglass, covering it completely.
Place paper over plexiglass.
Using a pencil, draw an image on the paper.
When you peel away the paper, the image will have transferred itself.
This is very similar to using carbon paper.
METHOD # 3
Using your paintbrush, paint a design onto the plexiglass using as many or as few colors as you like. Work quickly and don’t let the paint dry! If the paint does dry dampen your paper with a spray bottle.
You can work in stages by printing mulitple layers on one piece of paper. If you want to register something use painters tape to hold one edge of your paper in place and be sure to keep your plexi in the same spot as well.
Place paper over the plexiglass and rub the back of the paper lightly with the your hand or the back of a wooden spoon.
Peel away paper.