Thursday, November 22, 2007


As promised, I have monoprints to share from the course I went on last weekend. ;o)

So, we did two very easy sorts of monoprinting. Firstly, we inked up acrylic sheets and then laid a piece of paper on top. Then all you have to do is draw onto the paper and then peel the print off. It's a bit tricky to know how much ink is right and my first pic illustrates too much!! I drew my fruit shape with a pencil and you can just about see the lines if you look hard:

I tried again using pencil and this is my second, much more visible, print:

For my next print I used my finger to draw which gives bolder softer lines:

I also tried laying a collagraph block onto the paper and rolling over it with a brayer:

This really is the edited highlights - I did loads of prints with this technique, I could've kept going for hours! It's really easy, it can be done at home and you never quite know what you'll get! ;o)

The second monoprinting technique used the press. We inked up acrylic sheets again and then laid shapes cut from paper onto them in a random pattern. It then went through the press with dry paper and this is the resulting print:

I then removed the shapes and laid them back down in different positions and ran it through the press a second time with this result:

I really enjoyed this introduction to monoprints and collagraphs and feel I will be investigating further! I loved the thrill of the reveal, never quite knowing what's going to appear! The room was filled with lots of oohs and aahs every time a new print came off the press! :oD If you get the chance, have a go! It's great fun and alot of it can be done at home. ;o)


Elizabeth said...

I am so impressed and jealous.

Linda D. said...

These look great and seems you had a wonderful time!!! Enjoy using your newly learned techniques :>
Linda x

artfulzebra said...

Thanks guys! ;o) In the absence of a proper press I'm going to have a play with the pasta machine I picked up at the junk shop for printing but have never used. Watch this space!

Maz x

Becky Vigor said...

More lovely prints. I so agree about the magic of the reveal, you never quite know what you're going to get, however long you've been printing. Also, I know you feel it's over-inked, but I do love your first monoprint. The textures in it are so lovely.

artfulzebra said...

Thanks for both your comments, Becky. The first print was over inked but I do indeed love it! ;oD The colour is much better than the pic shows as well. I enjoyed the day workshop so much that I'm looking at doing a ten week printing course in the spring at a place in Cambridge. ;o)

Maz x

sharon young said...

Hi Maz
Just found your blog thru Becky's, what a treat, I love printing , particularly lino print, but I've only done collograph once, so your pics and explanations were super!!

I love the simple shapes you use, such fluid curves, my favourites are 6,7,8 on the nov 19th post, the colours are just gorgeous.
Glad to have found you