Art Class Week 13: Monoprinting

This is what this week looked like;

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We each bought in some foliage for mono printing. I managed to grab some ivy and fennel from my garden, both shapes I really love. Essentially the process is very simple. You ink the plate, arrange the foliage on it, lay a piece of paper over that and use an inked roller to take a first print – you get a front and back print on the paper because you’re using an inked roller. I found that the front images worked best.

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Front image of fennel
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Back image

You can then remove the foliage (or whatever you’re using), place that between two pieces of paper and use a dry roller to get a print from the inked foliage (I suppose you could use a wet roller too).

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You can also take a print from the wet inky plate that the foliage was pressed into. I managed to get several prints from each plate, but usually the first was the most successful.

(They’re still on the drying rack in the studio).

Then it was a case of experimenting with inky leaves and plates, adding more ink, different colours, and just trying things out. I really enjoyed this process.

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Back image with reused leaves inked in a different colour printed on top

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We also used doilies for printing, but to me they weren’t as successful as the foliage had been. Of course, you can print onto any paper you like.

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Using a wet roller over the plate that has the doilies on it. This is the front print.
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And this is the back of one of these prints. It just gave me blue ink with white areas, so I kept the doilies and glued them on as I liked the colours.
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I didn’t print onto this paper, but it had ink all over it so I used it to protect some prints to get them home. Then I realised I quite liked the old doily I had used for printing and just scanned it like this.

Additional prints

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Published by Sarah Cassin Scott


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