04 January, 2014

How to Create an Easy Watercolour Monoprint - DIY Art

Watercolour monoprints take away the fear of painting by adding an element of chance and a whole lot of fun, for young artists, as well as adults. 

Watercolour monoprint done on Arches paper - Beets


Have a variety of paint colours on hand, as well as brush sizes. You will also need a piece of glass or plexiglass the size you want your final prints to be. For paper, make sure it is fiber based, so that it can absorb the water and paint. You can purchase large sheets of this at art supply stores for a few dollars and cut it into smaller pieces.

Setting Up For Your Monoprint

Take one or two of the sheets of fiber paper and place them in water. Filling up your sink partway will work, or use a shallow tray. Leave them in the water while you work on your painting. They need to soak up the water before you can print your design on them. Have a few towels ready, as well as a flat clean surface nearby.
Find a photo or picture that you would like to use as a basis for your masterpiece painting. The glass is transparent, meaning you can place your picture behind it and copy directly from it while painting. If you're the creative sort, you may decide to start from scratch or use a still life set up to work from.

The Painting Process

Paint the watercolor on the glass in bold, thick strokes. Don't worry too much about detail as it really won't show up with this process. Large shapes, bright colors, and interesting lines are the most important part of your creative composition.
Once your painting is finished, allow it to air dry for five minutes or so. You'll know it is ready when the surface is no longer shiny, but has turned a dull matte.

The Printing Process

Take one of the sheets of paper out of the water and place it on a flat clean surface. Towel dry the top, to get rid of any puddles, but leave it damp.
Turn your piece of glass, paint side down, and lay it carefully onto the paper. Position it so there are even borders on each side.
Without moving the glass, press down onto it firmly. Rub your hand over it's surface evenly, to transfer the paint to the paper. Once you are sure the whole area has been rubbed, carefully lift the glass plate off the paper.


Voila! Your first watercolor monoprint is created. The pressure you use while rubbing, the amount of paint applied, and dampness of the paper will all contribute different aspects to your print. Play around with various combinations to find one that works well for you.
The glass should be cleaned off completely before reusing. Lift the printed paper of the flat surface, while wet, and place on flat drying rack. Don't forget to sign your work of art.

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