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  • 1. Monoprinting
  • 2. What are Monoprints?Monoprinting is a very simple but effective method ofPrintmaking. Mono means ‘alone’ in Latin. So you will becreating single unique prints.Monoprints often combine the spontaneity of printed inksand paper, creating a surface that is unlike any other art.Monoprints are knownas the most painterlymethod among theprintmakingtechniques, amonoprint is oftenregarded as a printedpainting
  • 3. Example of positive and negative printsYou will be creating both positive and negative monoprints
  • 4. To begin… 1. Choose one of your Tonal Collection drawings from your sketchbook. 2. Create a simple line drawing of this image using tracing paper – this image is going to be the basis for a monoprint.Homework:1.Make sure you are up to date with all pastsketch book work2.Bring in a variety of paper, fabrics that youwould like to print on next lesson.
  • 5. How to Monoprint and experimentsYou are going tocreate a double pagein your sketchbook…1. Explain how youproduce a Monoprint.2. Experiment withdifferent papers andinks. Example sketchbook page explaining how to Monoprint and experiment
  • 6. Step-by-step MonoprintingWhat you will need: An apron, newspaper, a plastic board, ink, roller, a range of marking materials Eg:pencils, pens and a range of papers to experiment with. 1. First of all dollop a small amount of ink onto your plastic board, then dip your roller into it and roll the ink on a clean piece of the plastic. When rolling make sure you lift the roller so you don’t just roll the same bit of ink (this is not the layer of ink you will be working from, this is more like a recharge area). 2. Then you need to roll out the area of ink you will be working on. You want it nice and thin and even when you have got the correct surface area it should become ‘tacky;. Each time you need a bit more ink go back to your recharge area, not the dollop of ink, you need to keep the ink to a minimum.
  • 7. Step-by-stepMonoprinting 3. You then place your paper on top of your rolled ink and draw on the back of it. Experiment to start with, with different types of pencil, pen, anything you can find. They all make slightly different marks. 4. Turn over your paper to see the results. There are often lovely accidental marks in the background when using this technique, these are what make Monoprints so charmingTips…Try making marks with your fingers, this leaves alovely soft line, good for shading. Also remember ifyoure including any lettering you have to writebackwards!
  • 8. Examples of adding shading with your fingers… Add simple lines first and then create shading with your fingers. The harder you press the darker the marks will be.
  • 9. Artists that use MonoprintingJim DineCY TwomblyFrances AlfredPaul KleeMark JohnsonPrintmaking Council Website: http://printmaker.com/pmc/
  • 10. Artists that use MonoprintingJim DineCY TwomblyFrances AlfredPaul KleeMark JohnsonPrintmaking Council Website: http://printmaker.com/pmc/