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Lesson Plans


Fw: Monoprints

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Larry Cox (L_J_Cox)
Tue, 9 Mar 1999 20:24:45 -0700


>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.
>
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>
>Make the most of your monoprints. Enhancing them with more color proves
>almost as popular as making them in the first place!