Monoprinting is an excellent way to access mark making and drawing but with a bit of ‘distance’ from the finished work. As experienced by learners at Red2Green, the process is very engaging and results are always unexpected, so any potential anxiety about what a finished drawing ‘should’ look like is taken away.
A plate is ‘inked up’, in this case a piece of acetate with water based block printing ink rolled evenly over its surface, and a piece of paper gently laid over it. Marks are drawn onto the paper which pick up the ink on the plate below. The paper is then peeled off to reveal the finished print.
Alternatively marks can be drawn directly onto the inked up acetate plate and paper laid over and then gently rolled with a clean roller to pick up the print.
Using Textures to Create More Prints
Learners followed on by experimenting further with monoprinting by rolling block print ink over natural and ‘man’ made textures, such as, lace, leaves, feathers, string, bubble wrap etc. and seeing what patterns could be created by printing the textures directly onto black paper with white ink.
Many thanks to learners at Red2Green for letting me document the session and sharing their work and ideas with AccessArt.
Aspire to Create
Red2Green is a ‘Cambridgeshire charity providing services including learning, leisure and work opportunities for adults with a wide range of disabilities.’
To see all eight workshops in this series, tailored for adult learners, and exploring drawing, casting, printmaking, sculpture and colour, please refer to the Aspire to Create launch page here.