Monoprinting is a form of printmaking, where the prints are one of a kind, hence the name "mono." I ran out of time at OSU before being able to take a printmaking class, so I was really excited to receive a care package from my Grammy with a monoprint set up. She is currently taking an art class and they learned how to use a "Gelli Plate" to do a simple monoprint, so she sent me one!
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A "Gelli Plate" is a way to do monoprints without a press. Two ladies came up with it and are probably making millions-they are sold at art stores across the world. The plate itself has a jelly like feel..it's kind of squishy.
Here's a little look into the process...
This first photo you can see the tutorial book on the left, the Gelli Plate is the clear plate that I've rested on a blank piece of computer paper to give myself a white surface. The roller is used to spread the ink or paint out evenly, and Grammy also sent me some special print making paper!
She's so sweet! I'm lucky to share a love of art with both of my grandmas. Ever since our trip to Aspen, my grammy has been painting like crazy and it's great to see her work progress!
There are many tecniques to monoprinting, this is probably the most simple of them. I'm a newbie, to this process, so starting at the beginning and I'll progress as I learn!
Step 1: Pick a color, and roll it out evenly on the plate.
Step 2: Draw into the paint with something: Q-tips work, brushes, your fingers, anything really. Here I'm using one of those flossing tooth picks.
Step 3: Place paper directly ontop of the plate. The paint needs to be wet still, so this is all a very quick process. Within minutes. Press on the paper with something, here I'm using a spoon.
Step 4: Slowly peel the piece of paper off of the plate. You will have a print of what you drew onto the plate! Then you can do more layers once it dries, or in this case I used watercolor "green gold" and colored the leaves in.
Jessica R. Willis
Artist of many mediums inspired by nature and philanthropy