DIANA JONES ARTS
Quick Monoprint Techniques
This Ink: schminke college linol, waterbased.
1. Drawing on paper on ink
Mark two borders on perspex - one for ink and one outside this for paper.
Roll out ink on tray - keep it no larger than width of roller.
Roll ink onto perspex within your border - just going on the tape.
Place paper carefully on this, being careful not to press on it.
Draw with pencil on the paper.
Lift up paper to reveal print of your drawing. It will be in reverse.
Leave to dry then tray adding some colour with watercolour paint, quickly and with a light hand.
2. Making marks in ink then printing
Roll out the ink onto the perspex surface then try different tools to scrap away the ink, making varied marks.
Carefully place the paper on top and, using your hand to rub down, print this.
This one has been coloured later with the contrasting yellow.
Roll out ink on the tray.
Roll ink onto paper.
Place paper on the cartridge paper, ink side down.
Make your marks on top of this. They will transfer to the base paper.
This is really good for letters and words as they are printed the right way up.
Paul Klee used this technique. He used oil paint so that he could paint washes of colour on top without effecting the lines.
4. Paint image on surface and print
On your printing surface (perspex), mark out the area you want to print with a masking tape border.
Use the printing ink as paint with a brush and draw straight onto your clean surface.
Place your paper on top and print, using rubbing carefully with your hand.
Take a second print and see what happens.
You can leave these to dry then add colour on your printed image.
Try making another print using more colours.
These are prints made in the same way but using water paint on gelli plates.
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