Monoprinting is one of those art techniques that are easy as pie but need practice for results you can be happy with,
Its results are quite unpredictable, even though you do have some elements in the process that you can have some control over, like colour, pattern and placement.
Adding and subtracting are part of the process to make the results more interesting.
For more detailed instructions and guidance on monoprinting, I highly recommend Alisa Burke’s online class, Monoprint Magic. It offers loads of techniques and inspiration, as well as cheap ideas to have fun with monoprinting.
For those who know me, I swear by Alisa Burke’s online classes. She is one of my top 3 favourite artists! Most of the techniques and a big part of my style and creative preferences, I owe to her teachings.
Her class inspired me to treat myself to an afternoon monoprinting session, part of it I filmed and am now sharing with you. I did carry on after the camera stopped rolling and ended up filling in my whole handmade journal (photos below, and photo files available to download for all CAF Club members, so don’t forget to join – it’s FREE!).
In this video, not only am I using various monoprinting techniques, but I am also applying layering techniques to create more complex backgrounds and visual interest to each page.
Without further delay, here are the links to the video:
- handmade journal (A5 size), made with ripped mixed media paper (smooth paper works best)
- acrylic paints (Amsterdam, Artiste and Crafter’s Choice craft paints, Liquitex Heavy Body in white for white flowers created off-camera )
- watercolour paints (Crayola)
- brushes and a waterbrush
- paper towels and rag
- a variety of gelli plates
- sequin waste
- heat tool
- a piece of Mylar (thick) plastic sheet (usually used to create stencils) – you can also use a smooth plastic bag, a smooth plastic folder/poly pocket or a piece of Plexiglass
- graphite pencil
- Stabilo All Aquarellable pencil in black
- white gel pen