Monoprinting: My 2nd Try!

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Remember a while back I took a monoprinting class? Well, I did it again, here is the result of my 2nd try! I love monoprinting, the more I do it, the more I learn. It’s a big lesson in patience and technique.

 

Here is how the process went…

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First I sketched out my design on a large sheet of paper and then slid it under a piece of Plexiglas. Keep in mind that the image will be transferred, so any lettering, you have to print it backwards.

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Next, it’s time to add the paints. We used oil-based paints and used paint thinner to bring them to a workable consistency. I mixed a lot of unique colors, that’s my favorite part. It’s great exercise for your brain to mix and blend to get that perfect juicy shade!

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Then it’s time to apply the paint to the Plexiglas. Since this was my second try, I had trouble “seeing” how it would all turn out. I did hold up the Plexiglas up and looked through it to see where I needed to add more coverage.

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Then I had to soak the paper and blot it. This makes the surface damp so it will absorb the paints.

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Then my teacher set the design face up in the center of the press, then set the wet paper down, centered. He then layered cushions and cranked the handle.

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And here it is!  Below is another one I did.

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Within the six hours of the class, I managed to complete TWO. That doesn’t sound like much, but this is really a time-consuming process. I let myself enjoy the experience and I experimented a lot. I submitted them for the annual monoprint art auction from Xico (the place where I took the class), but neither was chosen. That motivates me to take more classes to improve my skills!

I cleaned these up in the computer and made them into prints that I sold at art events. I’m currently out of stock, but plan to list more!

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I do still have the originals that I plan to have framed. I’m really proud of them!

If you are interested in monoprinting, a great way to start is to buy a GelliPlate. I have tutorial for that! For bigger pieces, like I did, look in your local community for classes!

Here is my video tutorial! You can use small pieces of paper (5×5″) and frame them or turn them into greeting cards, whatever you want!

 

Love & light,


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