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Monoprinting Made Easy

By  Roberta Wax 

size: varies

  • Monoprinting Made Easy
  • Different Background

Materials

  • Cardstock: black, pink, tan
  • White copy paper

Tools

  • Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plate
  • Ink brayer
  • Stamps: Stampendous Lone Bird (RS-V237), large foam flower of choice
  • Textures: large and small bubble wrap, soft-tipped stylus
  • DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paint: Flamingo, Coffee Bean, Steel Grey
  • Ranger Seafoam White Embossing Powder
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Ink Pads: Jet Black Staz-On and VersaMark Watermark
  • Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive Runner

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer, ruler, scissors, paper towels, craft mat, heat tool, decorative-edge scissors
  • How to Monoprint
  • 1. Apply small amount of paint to plate; spread using brayer. Use single colors or combine for mottled effect.
  • 2. Create your design on the plate using soft tools of choice (such as stamp, sponge, string, bubble wrap, paintbrush, soft-tipped stylus, stencil) to remove paint from surface. (Note: Sharp tools may damage surface.)
  • 3. Lay white copy paper over plate. Gently smooth paper over plate surface, then carefully pull off to reveal design.
  • 4. Let paint dry to use as-is, or create layers by repeating Steps 1-2 and adding to same piece of paper.
  • 5. Trim printed sheets to desired size when dry. Printed sheets can be stamped and embossed as desired.
  • Flower Bird
  • 1. Create background using Gelli Plate, creating various layers and impressions. Apply Flamingo paint first, making small bubble wrap impressions; print to paper. Next apply Coffee Bean paint, making impressions with foam flower stamp; overprint on paper. Let dry.
  • 2. Stamp bird with VersaMark ink. Apply embossing powder; heat set.
  • 3. Stamp sentiment in Jet Black ink.
  • 4. Trim art to desired size; mat with black then pink cardstock as shown.
  • Bubble Bird
  • 1. Create background using Gelli Plate, creating various layers and impressions. Apply Steel Gray paint first, making large bubble wrap impressions and stylus waves; print to paper. Next apply Flamingo paint sparingly; overprint on paper. Let dry.
  • 2. Stamp bird and sentiment in Jet Black ink.
  • 3. Trim art to desired size; cutting edges with decorative-edge scissors. Mat with black then tan cardstock as shown.