Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Take a Break: Create Simple Mon print/Triple Crown Winner’s Race

There are lots of steps in creating true mono prints (only makes one print), but there’s a simple way to get a good effect that can keep you entertained for hours. Watch the video Printmaking-Make a Monoprint and/or follow the steps below:

Step 1: Find a flat non-porous surface, anything that doesn’t absorb water such as Plexiglas, pie plate, Styrofoam board, old plastic placement etc. that you can use as your “printing plate.”

Step 2: Cut out paper that’s the same size as your “printing plate.”

Step 3: Add enough water to acrylic, tempera or poster paints to make it spreadable. Now you have a choice:
a)     Use a sponge, brayer or paintbrush and cover the whole surface. Then create a design in the paint. Experiment with textures, such cheesecloth, sponges etc. If you make a mistake, just wipe it off.
b)    Paint a design, keeping in mind that the print will be a reverse of what’s on your printing plate.

Step 4. Put the paper on top, carefully aligning it with the printing plate along the edges. Press firmly on the design area. While you can use regular old computer paper, you’ll get a better image by using sketchbook or watercolor paper. That noted, you could make some cool designs by printing on newspaper.

Step 6: Gently lift the paper. You should now have the design on your paper. Remember that prints will always be the reverse of the image on your plate.

Triple Crown Winners’ Race: With the Belmont Stakes completed and a new Triple Crown Winner, watch what happens when Secretariat races, the 1973American Pharaoh

Not interested in today’s activity? Check out the Take a Break Pinterest for lots of Take a Break ideas. 

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