>You can't argue with success. Monoprinting is easy, exciting and
economical. >It's a memorable printmaking project I return to year after year, with >phenomenal results. > >Plexiglass slabs make great printing "plates." If glass is used instead, >tape the edges well for safety reasons. You'll need brayers for rolling >ink onto the plates, and tools for "drawing" into the ink. Small strips >of mat board or cardboard, popsicle sticks, old toothbrushes and .plastic >forks all make good "drawing" tools. > >Water-based block printing ink is ideal for mon printing, but thick tempera >paint or finger paint might be substituted. Demonstrate rolling the ink >smoothly over the entire surface of the printing plate. Then hold a scrap >o cardboard on edge and push the in around in curvy and angular ways.
Encourage >the use of shapes, not just lines, and caution your young arti ts against >the writing of words. > >Remind the that their finished print will be a mirror image of the inked >surface. Trying to write backwards eats up precious time, and the ink could >become too dry! Many types of paper work well to print upon, from drawing >paper to construction paper and much more. The paper should be the same >size as the inking plate, or a bit larger. > >Place the paper directly upon the ink design and press all over the back >with the flat of your hand. You'll probably be quite delighted when you >peel the paper off and see the resultsbut wait! There's more! > >In a day or two, the prints can be made even better. You can add variety >and originality to artworks that may have seemed a bit similar before. > > >Embellish them with crayons! Press heavily, with layers of bright, waxy >hues, or color lightly in pastel tints. Apply crayon to the negative spaces >(where the paper shows through the ink), the inked areas, or both. Your >printmakers will be positively pleased with the colorful results. > >[IMAGE PHOTOGRAPH] > >Make the most of your monoprints. Enhancing them with more color proves >almost as popular as making them in the first place!