Friday, April 8, 2011


My 3rd grade students had a blast learning about mono-types

A mono-type is a print made by manipulating ink.  It cannot be an edition because there is no part that can be reproduced exactly.  Each print is unique. This process allows for experimentation and drawing directly into the ink or paint with tools or objects.

Plexiglas or a metal plate various sizes (mine are 10 x 10 inches)
printer's ink-water based is best for easy clean up
found objects such as marker lids, bubble wrap, pieces of mat board or cardboard, think string, toothbrushes, Popsicle sticks, etc
Paper about two inches larger than the Plexiglas

How to make your print:
1. Squeeze out a bit of ink on to the plate.
2. Use the BRAYER to spread the ink out.
3. Manipulate the ink with the found objects.
4. Lay a clean sheet of paper on the ink and gently rub to transfer the image to the paper.
5. Remove the paper and admire your work!
6. Allow to dry then sign your master piece.
7. Feel free to use oil pastels or colored pencils to add more color and design to your dry piece.

For more information about Mono-prints and Mono-types please visit the following site:

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