Make a Monotype from Things Around the House
This was a quick experiment to see if I could pull a monotype print – without a press – from tube watercolor applied to a tin-foil-wrapped sheet of scrap cardboard.
Making fun stuff from what you have around the house was the goal, and it worked, so here’s how you can make one too.
Make a Watercolor Monotype from Cardboard, Cotton Swaps and Aluminum Foil
I’m using Lunar Black because it’s very granulated. If you’ve never painted with it, see this post about making a monochromatic watercolor with lunar black to explore granulated textures in the pigments.
Monotype Printmaking with Black Watercolor
Here are the supplies I used for this fast little print:
- Loew-Cornell all media Taklon flat paint brush (from this set)
- Daniel Smith tube watercolor in Lunar Black (available here)
- sheet of smooth cardboard – or you can use a piece of wood, or a sheet of mat board or mount board (like this stuff, which you can also use to make collagraph prints)
- aluminum foil (heavy duty – like this – works better than the thin stuff, but if all you have is thin, use it.)
- Masking Tape or Packing Tape (to hold the foil in place on the card board)
- Cotton Swabs (if you want lint-free, with a fine-tipped point, try these)
- Printmaking paper (I uses this Speedball Paper on the demo in this post)
- Wooden Baren (mine was made by Ian Whyte – here is his Etsy Shop.)
- Colored Pencils (I just started testing these new Amazon brand colored pencils, and so far, they’re great!)
Simple Supplies – Quick Work
If you’re hankering for a speedy little printmaking experiment, I hope you’ll play with some tube-watercolor monotype prints.
If you don’t have black watercolor, use another color, like blue, violet, red or green. And after you pull your pint and the pigment dries, keep in mind that you could go in and selectively re-wet parts of your design with a clean, wet brush – to play with some softened edges, or wispy details.
Let me know where you’ve posted your printmaking experiments so I can see what you’ve made. I always enjoy looking at your creative output.
Until then, thanks for stopping in, and I’ll see you in the next post!