Monoprint

Tools:
•Plastic sheet, preferably on a solid surface of some kind (I used a comic bag and board)
•acrylic paint
•Brayer (printmaking rubber roller, available at art stores)
•(additional) I mixed some glycerin to slow drying and thin the paint into a prnter’s ink consistency

There are myriad methods and techniques for creating a monoprint. I was actually creating textures to scan and use as overlays and I had excess ink, resulting in a quick print:

  1. Roll ink out on the plastic printing “plate”.
  2. Using q-tips, fingers, cut-out paper shapes, rags, etc, either remove or cover up ink areas. These will print as white. Stiff brushes can create interesting textures. Place your printing substrate (paper) on the plate and rub firmly to create a clear transfer. It is advisable to place an additional piece of paper to protect the final print from ink on your hands and possible tearing.
  3. You can build up layers of color and (if you create a method to achieve it) can maintain a degree of registration. Alternately you could print separate images, scan, then digitally composite and color the printed elements.

I ended up adding color overlays and digital linework as well as a floral pattern to the shirt. No rules, just experiment.

Resources:

  1. Monoprint overview
  2. Printmaking Samples
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