I joined the "Easy Mono Print" Atc swap on swapbot. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but I found that making a mono print that was acceptable for swapping was harder than it looked!
What is a Mono Print? Well, it is the most basic form of making a print. You apply color (paint) to the surface of something, then place another surface on top (paper or fabric), press down, remove your paper, and you have a unique painted print! It has been described here as:
The monoprint or monotype is often thought of as a halfway stage between painting and printmaking. The process is simple: the artist paints, rubs, or wipes the design directly onto a plate, using a fairly slow drying paint or ink. The fleeting image must be printed before the ink dries. Printing may be by press or by hand, and as the name monoprint implies, one can usually get only one strong impression. The effect must be guessed right from the start; there will be no trial proofs or different states unless the design is redrawn for a second impression. This term is used to refer to any print made in one version and incapable of being repeated. A monoprint cannot be editioned.Mono prints are supposed to allow for artistic spontaneity which I found out pretty quickly. In my usual "fly by the seat of my pants" way of doing things, I decided to give this a try using the directions on swapbot:
First, I tried flowers.
For the next one, I figured that if I used something wider to lift the paint off the surface, it would make the design stand out more. I found a pencil with a nice round eraser on top and used that. It worked great on this little chick.
- How to make a Mono Print
- MonoPrint for Beginners and Children
- Janet Clare's Tutorial
- Making Monoprint Background Papers - I quickly discovered that all the rejects would make great backgrounds for other ATC's. This little tutorial will show you how!
- Take it one step farther with a Monoprint Mini Book!