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Re: Waterbase monoprints


From: Frances Marze (fmaiu_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jun 14 2002 - 11:50:36 PDT

I'm just getting to check more email and when I found this , I wanted o tell
everyone (unless you have tried this...) that plain liquid soap applied to
plexiglass plates and allowed to dry and then using soap and watercolors
paint a picture of the student's choice or the lesson. use dampened paper
and put through the press. Quite lovely. A few cautions: students who were
not successful the first time, did not allow the plate to completely dry
(it's ok to let the paint dry thoroughly) or they used paper that was too
wet, not just damp. I soak some printmaking paper and then press it between
a desk blotter.
I used the thin plexiglass plates that we got for etchings.

I have to remember things now since I am retired as of the end of this
school year.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Judy Decker" <>
To: "ArtsEdNet Talk" <>
Sent: Friday, January 25, 2002 9:45 AM
Subject: Waterbase monoprints

> I have used regular watercolors for monoprinting - additive method:
> 1. brush plate with gum arabic and let dry
> 2. paint on plate with watercolors (the gum arabic helps the paint stay
> where you want it) Allow to dry
> 3. soak paper and blott off excess water (I use old towels as blotters).
> 4. lay damp paper over plate (top with a sheet of newsprint) - rub with
> flat side of wooden spoon to transfer color to damp paper OR run though an
> etching press.
> I have used acrylic screen printing ink for subtractive method
> 1. roll a layer of ink onto plexiglas plate
> 2. scrap into plate removing some ink - non -objective designs work best
> (see my site for examples). Make different kinds of scraping tools with
> credit cards and strips of cardboard (little knotches make neat designs).
> faux painting rubber knotched tool works well too. (Do not allow the ink
> dry).
> 3. place dry paper over the plate. White ink and balc paper work very
> nively for this method.
> Trace method using block printing ink
> 1. roll black ink over plexiglass plate
> 2. lay dry paper over top
> 3. put copy of drawing on top and trace over lines - the pressure of the
> pen or pencil willl transfer lines to the paper. If you press your hand
> onto the surface of the paper it will also pick up some dark smudges of
> ink. We try to keep from touching the drawing.
> 4. If you have a press- you can run the plate - with paper on top- through
> the press and pick up a nice ghost - or negative image from the plate;
> ---