Friday, July 13, 2012

Monoprinting

I worked on some different type of artwork - mono printing.  Monoprinting is a printmaking technique that results in a single image.  Unlike a print where one image is made repeatedly (like a rubber stamp or photocopy) a mono print is made using paints placed on a block or plate and then impressed onto substrate (paper, glass, canvas, fabric or wood).
While the original block or plate can be reused, the end result is always original.  Some artists make a definite effort to change the print each time, while others simply vary one thing (color, placement, etc).
Artists use different mediums for mono printing, mostly paints or inks.  
Mono printing can be as simple as a three step process.
There are many ways to vary this process, by incorporating stencils, masks, varied paints, sprays, etc.  But, in essence mono printing involves placing paint on one thing, pressing paper to the paint and removing the paper to see the mono print.
(A "ghost image" is part of the mono print process and it involves taking a new piece of paper and placing it on the plate that you just used for mono printing.  It us a way to use up any remaining paint on the plate, but it also produces an image that is subtle.)
Another element that adds to the visual interest is taking something with texture and pressing it into the paint before the paper is pressed onto the plate.  Texture can be almost anything -- bubble wrap, crunched up plastic wrap, the bottom of a water bottle, etc.
Here are some of the mono prints that I made using acrylic paints, card stock and textures.
pastels

turquoise
turquoise on book page paper
colors of the sea
reds, yellow and green
dots galore
turtle background
circular stripes

I made these pages and then scanned them into my computer to use the images for backgrounds.  The colors are beautiful and part of the fun is finding the combination that works well.  Sometimes, it is the combination of colors that make different images stand out that are the most interesting.
The interesting part of mono printing is that the end result is always new and always a surprise.  So, even if I use the same supplies, the results will always be original.
Also, I see texture in lots of things and can't wait to try them in mono printing.


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