Woohoo! – finally got the music re-edited and here is the final part of the monoprinting series. As you may be able to tell, I am getting a little better at staying relaxed in front of the camera.
Here are the instructions if you want to follow along with this.
Speedball water soluble ink
Cheap smooth paper
A brayer (roller)
A sketch you want to reproduce
A pencil or other pointy thing
Plexiglass, or other smooth (non-ruinable) surface
1. Roll out a smooth slab of ink as in the first video in this series.
2. Mark out a square of ink with the masking tape.
3. Take the image you want to reproduce and scan it and reverse the image in a graphics program – I use Photoshop.
4. Take your the copy and a fresh sheet of paper and sandwich the plain sheet between the ink slab and your image.
5. Trace over the image with the pencil (You can make a hinge if you like as I showed you in the first video)
6. Peel away both sheets of paper carefully.
7. You may want to try getting the inverted image from the slab by placing a fresh sheet of paper on to it and rubbing or rolling the back with a brayer, or your hand even.
Here are the links to the other two videos in the series;
If you’ve got any questions, drop me a line. Please do send me any images you make using these methods. It would be great to show some on the site.
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hI MATT, THANKS FOR A REALLY GOOD SET OF TUTORIALS, NICE AND EASY TO FOLLOW. I WILL BE TRYING SOME IDEAS OUT VERY SOON. ALSO APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS ON WETCANVAS AND AM USING A DRYING MEDIUM WITH MY OIL BASED LINO PRINTS ..WILL SEND A COUPLE OF RECENT SAMPLES THAT SORT OF WORKED.
I’VE FOUND WETCANVAS A GREAT PLACE TO SEE WHATS GOING ON IN VARIOUS FORUMS AND SEE THAT YOU HAVE DONE THE SAME.MY NOTEBPOOK IS GETTING FULL OF THE IDEAS THAT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN WORKING ON EARLIER AND I INTEND TO PUT THAT RIGHT, JUST NEED TO BONE UP ON A FEW TECHNIQUES THAT I’VE FORGOTTEN OVER THE YEARS.. LOOK FORWARD TO MORE BLOGS.
I’m glad you’re enjoying them. There are loads more tutorials on the way. I’ll fix the capitalisation on the comments too; sorry about that. I look forward to seeing your work.
Thanks for the three monoprinting tutorials, Matt. They’re really helpful and have given me several ideas for more exciting ways to use my Gelli Plate. Thank you!
Great videos! Please make more.
I love your website, it has such a wonderful feel to it and I’ve enjoyed reading your supportive comments. I really love the wood relief -fish- that is at the top of the page in aquas. Is there somewhere on your website that talks about in detail how to go about creating something like that? Or can you recommend a site? I am so drawn to that. Thanks so much, cheryl
Such a lovely comment – sincere apologies for my delay in responding. A new job was eating up a significant portion of my time. The relief print is actually a Viking linocut and is actually black ink on lovely cream book paper. I have a new series of video tutorials coming out on relief printing, colour processes, and registration, if it’s OK with you, I’ll drop you a line when they are live. Best wishes, Matt.