When I created the mold and deckle for my paper making project, I was left with the glass panels from the frames. I thought this would be a good opportunity to prepare one of those panels for making monoprints.
I simply taped the sharp edges of the glass with masking tape to protect my fingers.
Making a monoprint is simple. Paint the glass with watered down paint, and press a sheet of paper onto the glass to transfer the image. You can use any type of water based paint or ink. For these monoprints I used acrylic paint mixed with water, and I transferred the images onto my hand made paper. Eventually, I plan to make a short video showing the monoprinting process on my Youtube channel.
Monoprints are fun to make because they are very fast to create, and you never know what the results will be. Once they dry, you can draw and paint on top of the prints if you wish.
I allowed the paper to dry completely while still on the sheets of interfacing.
Since the paper curled so dramatically, I sprayed them lightly with water and ironed them. Overall, I’m very pleased with the results. The color is almost white, with a very pale tint of pink and flecks of lime green and hot pink.
After the paper had been pressed for about 36 hours, I removed the stack of books and lifted off the top board. I wasn’t able to find information about how long the paper should be pressed, so 36 hours is not an official rule or guideline.
I carefully began peeling away the interfacing sheets and clipped them to wire hangers for drying. You can see that the paper is thicker in the center due to the sagging of the netting that I used to make the mold. I definitely recommend using wire mesh rather than fabric tulle for that reason.
I’ll post a photo of the dry paper tomorrow.