I am hoping I am understanding Cyndi's first method correctly. This is
called the trace method. You can layer a clean sheep of paper over the
inked plate and do a line drawing on the back of the paper. Be careful
not to rest your hand on the paper on you will transfer a smudge. Or
you can do as Cyndi suggests, place a drawing on top of the paper and
trace over the lines of the drawing. Matisse used this method and so
did Picasso. I believe Cezanne and Degas may have, too. I had a number
of master artists that I shared with my students (but of course can
not remember all of them now.... it has been years since I taught this
method ). If you have an etching press (even a small one) - You can
run the inked plate through the press with a dampened paper over it. A
very nice "negative" of the traced lines is the result - very
beautiful to display both the traced print and the print of the plate.
The subtractive method is also easy to do with students. I do have a
write-up about this method on IAD. Very stunning with white in on
black paper. I found that acrylic white silkscreen ink works best for
this method (but you can use regular white block printing in, too).
Roll in out on ink plate (sheet of Plexiglas) - scrap away ink using
pieces of cardboard, cut pieces of credit card, double nibbed "eraser"
tool.... whatever works - place a sheet of black paper over inked
plate once you have removed ink to your liking. Gently rub the back of
the paper - pull print. I have some examples of this method on "My
The other method Cyndi wrote about is the additive method.
I had success with Createx, too (lesson on IAD for that medium).
I also did a stencil method with high school kids.... cutting shapes
of paper - inking - placing on inked Plexiglas - then printing. We did
find it was easiest to let the inked plate and stencils/shapes dry
then print with dampened paper as it was difficult to work fast enough
to print while ink was wet. We used regular block printing ink. I
taught several weeks of monoprinting/monotype at the high school
level. The stencil method would be referred to as a monoprint as we
could use those shapes again to create another monoprint (still one of
a kind as it was difficult to duplicate exactly). The trace method and
subtractive method and direct painting on the plates (additive) are
all examples of monotype - and yes are also monoprints. Does that make
I did a whole unit of monoprinting/monotype with 7th grade. Had
stations set up. We also did Gyotaku (sp?) fish prints (using the
purchased fish forms - I wasn't brave enough to try real fish).
Thanks for posting Cyndi. I don't remember seeing the first post
asking for help.
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On 10/28/07, Cyndi wrote:
> I have done a monoprint lesson that uses Paul Klee's Twittering Machine
> as the exemplar.
> I have my students create a contour line drawing of a fantasy machine
> on a lightweight piece of paper. The students then roll out a thin
> layer of watersoluble ink then layer a new sheet of paper on the inked
> surface with the original drawing on top. I warn them not to shift the
> papers or it won't turn out. If I doubt their ability to keep the paper
> from shifting, I have them paper clip the papers together before
> placing on the ink surface. The beauty of the inking is it can be done
> on an unscratched table surface - just a little messy to clean up.
> another monoprint I have done is to draw on plexiglass plates with
> water soluble crayons like Aquarelle, then with a sheet of dampened and
> blotted paper waiting, the plate is spritzed with water ( old pump
> hairspray bottles deliver a fine mist), paper placed on top ,
> transferred and the print is pulled. Often you can get a second image
> to print from the same plate; it turns out lighter in appearance but
> sometimes has a neater effect than the original. Use dampened paper and
> a little more effort to transfer preferably with a baren. Kids in sixth
> grade love printing and clamor for the opportunity to roll out the ink.
> You may want to set up procedures for that.
> Happy printing!
> Cyndi S from Wheaton, IL