Monotype Printmaking

Waiting for Rain 8.5 x 7.5 Monotype

How to Make a Dark Field Monotype Print

Here is a monotype printmaking tutorial video on my youtube channel. The monotype process demonstrated there – with the resulting print above – is a perfect first monotype printmaking project if you don’t have a press, or a whole day to play with ink. In this demo, a single color if ink is rolled out directly on a table covered with a large sheet of plexiglass. If you don’t have plexiglass, you can roll your ink out on a glass shelf or a piece of glass from a photo frame, taped down to a table. The back of a paint brush handle is used in the demo to sketch shapes into the wet ink, and the art-making process is off and running from there. The reference photo I used for this demo was snapped by my father-in-law in the 1950’s in Scottsdale, Arizona, where it almost never rains. WHich is a big contrast from their previous home in upstate New York.

Supplies to start monotype printmaking

Monotype Printmaking Video Tutorials

You can watch the video below, or click here to watch it directly on my channel. There are three other monotype tutorials posted over there, so have a look if you think you’d like to experiment with this painterly form of printmaking.

Rolling printmaking ink on a glass slab to make a monotype
Using cotton swabs to remove ink in a subtractive process to make a dark field monotype
After pressing paper to the wet ink, pulling the monotype
Waiting for the ink to dry on a monotype so I can add colored pencil (or any other media)

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Monotype Reference Books

Thanks for stopping by today, and I’ll see you in the next post!

Happy Making,

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