Techniques - Print Making

Mono Printing



Unlike HardSoft Ground and Linocut, Mono printing is a technique that is used to create a once off print that can not be inked again and replicated as a copy of the original print.



1.  You will require plexi glass - acetate paper could be used in the absence of plexi glass.



2.  Using a brayer, cover the plexi glass in ink (water or oil based ink or paint).  A helpful tip is to keep the plexi glass on top of a white surface/white paper so that the outline of what you are drawing is clear once you start to etch into your plate.



3.  Use a drypoint tool (in the absence of tools you could use, for example, the end of a paintbrush, Q tip, pencil covered in wet paper towel, your finger etc.) to etch your drawing onto the inked plexi glass plate.  Mistakes can be corrected by re-adding ink.



4.  Use paper (eg 140 pound water color paper) that has been soaked in water.  Blot the paper so that the excess water is removed and it’s just damp.  Place the paper on top of your plexi glass (ink side up).



5.  In the absence of a printing press, use something like a wooden spoon to apply pressure and to rub the paper onto the plexi glass.  You will need to apply a lot of pressure if you are using a wooden spoon.

If you are using a printing press; cover your plexi glass with the blotted damp paper then bed it using, for example, newsprint.   You will then place the presses felt blankets over the bed and roll it through the press. 



A helpful video on this technique may be viewed here



You could then clean the plexi glass and create more layers and different colors onto your print.  You could also use materials, feathers, leaves etc. by rolling them onto the ink (on the plexi glass) with a brayer.