10 November 2013

Messy Monoprinting!

Hello!
I want to share an easy (but still messy and great fun!) way of creating backgrounds today!

 
Monoprinting is HUGE right now, and this is how I've created my painty background on this project. No expensive bits of kit though, just an acrylic block!
The block I used was the biggest I have, but of course smaller blocks work just as well for smaller projects!
I print in two ways.... firstly...
Put teeny bits of paint on the block. Then, brayer gently to mix...
Now, this is tricky to do without smearing. The block has a slick surface so the brayer can want just to slide rather than roll. Still, persevere and you'll get the hang of just how much pressure etc to use.
Quickly, before the paint dries, press your cardstock onto the block...
Then peel it off....
The thin layers of paint will have transferred themselves to the card...
It's an absolute doddle to clean the block, hot soapy water or babywipes get it pristine in no time.
Now, brayering thin layers can be a little subtle for me, so I tend to go for the more messy approach!
Smear the paint on with your fingers....
And then press on the card to get a print...
This method obviously uses more paint, and you will be able to get more than one print from the block. This is great if you are doing book pages etc, where creating similar backgrounds quickly is useful!
So...printing done, we can get on with the rest of the piece!
I did a little stamping..
Bo Bunny Dots, Prima stitched circles, Jenni Bowlin grids and text.....
I also did some stitching and splatting with black paint..
My Stampotique figure is coloured with the same paint using a waterbrush...
She stands on some washi tape, and I've added a phrase from a cut up old book to finish.
I think we all have an acrylic block in our stash....get it painty and try printing!
Trish xxx










11 comments:

viv said...

Trish, What a great idea. I shall definitely be trying this.

Helen said...

Love it, so much cheaper than a gelli plate (even a home-made one!) May have to find a large block...

Corrie Herriman said...

I totally agree with Viv, wonderful idea and I will also be trying this.
Corrie x

clare said...

cool background idea, thanks for sharing.

Claudine Criner said...

Great idea and I love it!!!

Glennis said...

Looks great - something I must try!

isisimaginings.com said...

Wow! That's gorgeous, I'll definitely give that a try.

Coco said...

A great make without gelli plate, this page is fantastic !! Coco x

mcbusiness said...

This is such a helpful tip and your instructions are great!! I've been wanting to do this type of printing but haven't really been bothered to work out how - and you have made it just so easy for me - thank you!!!

Annie said...

I wonder if this would work on an art canvas. Then modge podge a purchased print on top...

Zanka said...

What a great idea and instructions, I'm soooo trying it! Thanks for sharing!