All About Mono Prints

  • January 22, 2013

Playing Golf Since I learnt the Monoprinting technique, it was “Love atthe first sight”. I produced a series of different images with people, animals etc. I used a variety of “tools” for adding “special effects” to make prints interesting and exciting.

 I would like to give some insight into Monoprinting for those of you, who have never come across this amazing technique before.

 Monoprint is a single impression of an image made from a reprintable block, such as a metal plate used for etching, a litho stone, wood block or just any flat surface.

It does not allow you to make multiple copies of a single image. Only one impression may be produced by painting or making collage on the surface. With the Monoprint technique an artist may alter the image inbetween impressions so that no two prints are absolutely identical. Monoprints might also have hand painted additions or collage.

 As for me, I usually apply a thick blob of printing ink spread on a flat surface, then make a drawing on it with a sharp stick as quickly as possible while the ink is still wet. After this, I put a piece of paper to cover the image and transfer the ink onto the paper, applying pressure on the covering sheet of paper. I can never predict one hundred percent how the final image will appear. Sometimes I would have to remove the previous ink with the drawing upon it all together, re-apply another layer of ink and re-draw the whole picture again to achieve the desired result.

 In general, monoprints can be made by changing the type, color and pressure applied on the ink to create different effects.