Monotype/Monoprint Tutorial for Beginners and Children




Introduction: Monotype/Monoprint Tutorial for Beginners and Children

About: Tarot Majstor

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

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

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

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

Carefully lay prepared paper on the glass with paint.

Step 5: Pressing

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

Step 6: Uncovering

Carefully separate paper from glass surface.

Step 7: Fixing

Finally fix the painting with polish.

Step 8: Framing

You may add custom paper frame too.

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    12 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    12 years ago on Introduction

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