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How To Make an Additive Monotype

Oct 2, 2019 11:36:30 AM

Monotypes

Project Description: Monoprints are one-of-a-kind designs created by transferring paint or ink from one surface to another. There are many different ways of creating a monoprint.

Designed by: Maureen Wilson

Difficulty: Easy

Monotype Supplies

Materials:

Steps to Make This:

Inking the Plate

  1. I’m going to start by creating a colored background. I really like to use these Grafix Impress Inking Palette sheets to load my brayer. They are secured to the pad with adhesive so it won’t shift when your roll on it. Add paint to the center, then roll the brayer until the roller is evenly covered.
  2. Then move to the plate and ink the plate. Try to keep the paint thin and smooth.
  3. Press the paper down on the plate. Smooth firmly with your hand or roll with a clean brayer.
  4. Carefully peel the paper from the plate. You’ll see that the ink has not transferred perfectly, that’s okay, monoprints look somewhat distressed a...
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The Plaza Paper Guide

Aug 13, 2015 1:49:00 PM

When shopping for art supplies, you might find yourself in the paper aisle (like the one at the Plaza Art in Rockville, Maryland, pictured at the end of this article) and think, Why are there so many different types of paper? Isn't it all just...paper?

There are some big differences in paper quality and if you're a beginning watercolorist or printmaker, it might be a little overwhelming to try and figure out which paper is best for which project. Some paper is quite expensive, and with good reason. This guide will give you a little background on the science and history of paper, so next time you need to buy paper, you'll know what all the labels mean:

What’s the deal with expensive paper?

One of the greatest misconceptions about paper is that all paper is made from trees. Paper can be made from almost any fibrous plant material containing cellulose but fine watercolor, printmaking and drawing papers are almost always made from cotton rag. In fact, paper in Europe was made exclusively from vellum, linen or cotton rags until the mid-1800s.

Why use fine papers?

Fine papers are well worth their cost. Cotton rag is better for professional work because it holds up more reliably over time than...

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