Introduction: Monotype/Monoprint Tutorial for Beginners and Children

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Monotype/Monoprint is simple graphic technique in which beautiful prints are made in few simple steps. This tutorial is part of Zorica Duranic's Art therapy program in Center for children with disabilities Ivan Stark, Osijek, Croatia

Estimate duration: one hour

Note: do not leave children with chemicals and paints alone

Step 1: What You Need

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You will need the following
0.Glass or mirror
1. Oil paints
2. Brush
3. Diluent/thinner (warning: Highly flammable!)
4. Smooth shiny paper
5. Polish

Step 2: Adding Oil Paint

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On glass or mirror surface add some oil paint directly from tube. You may draw some motive but not necessary. With a stick disperse paint uniformly, layer of paint shouldn't be to fat.

Step 3: Adding the Thinner

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With paint brush add or sprinkle thinner or turpentine from the bottle. Do not exaggerate with it. Be careful not to inhale thinner.

Step 4: Cover With Paper

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Carefully lay prepared paper on the glass with paint.

Step 5: Pressing

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Firmly press paper with your fist and give the paper slight rotation. Paint is transferred to paper.

Step 6: Uncovering

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Carefully separate paper from glass surface.

Step 7: Fixing

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Finally fix the painting with polish.

Step 8: Framing

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You may add custom paper frame too.

Comments

sabbott (author)2010-03-10

If you use acrylic paints (a good idea), you might find acrylic medium a better choice than water.
The oil paints would not cause the paper to buckle, but the water definitely would, unless you are using very heavy artist grade paper.

I use a mix for acrylic paint that creates something similar to fluid acrylics without paying for fluid acrylics. Here's the mix:
1/2 water
1/2 acrylic medium -- there are many kinds, you'll need to experiment a bit
The solution should be fluid but not watery.

Use this mix to thin your acrylic paint. When mixed, you should have pourable colors.
I think this would work well for the technique described above -- I use it when I want something pourable that I push around with an old credit card.

smessud (author)2009-12-31

NIce.
Can we do it with acrylic and use water as a thinner?
Parents may not be too keen on letting kids play with turpentine...

vladowsky (author)smessud2009-12-31

Certainly

sgsidekick (author)2008-12-27

These are cool! Nice instructable! Thanks!

ChrysN (author)2008-12-26

Those look gorgeous!

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