Monoprinting Discussion Board 3

Materials Used

  • Gelli Plate w/ case
  • Printing paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Water based printing ink
  • Found objects
  • Stencils
  • Brayers
  • Paint brushes, various sizes

Trial #1

Rolling out 1st color

1st print, layer 1

Experimenting with rolling 2 colors

Experimenting with found objects as cut outs

2nd layer on print #1

Ink left over on the plate

Ghost print #1, 1st layer

Left over ink after 1st ghost print is pulled

Ghost print #2, 1st layer

Mesh tape to be used next

Laid down as a stencil on top of 3rd color

Printed on top of print #1, layer #3

Experimenting with painting

Print #1, layer 4

Ghost print #1, layer 2

The vertical lines in the prints remind me of a forest so here I try to develop a foreground of shrubbery and foliage with painting.

Print #1, layer #5

Ghost print #1, layer 3

Ghost print #2, layer #2

Adding dark brown stripes to further develop the "forest" theme

I begin using my ghost prints as surfaces for experimenting different concepts for what the image could become. Here, black lines try to mimic bark lines on the "trees."

Adding purple paint to the bottom to develop more depth with value

Ghost print #2, layer #3

Adding some highlights in the foliage; still painted

More highlighting to add depth to the foliage

What my work station started turning into

Highlighting for the foliage in the foreground and lines for the tree bark. All this was as monoprinting; not directly painted on.

Last layer, print #1

Close up, print #1

I used the rest of the paint from my palette to make one final layer on the ghost prints. This is ghost print #1

Ghost print #2, final layer

And finally, I pulled a ghost print from my left over palette. I plan to use the ghost prints to print on in my next trial.

Trial #2

Print #1, layer 1 on the left; ghost print #1, layer 1 on the right.

Print #1, layer 2 (using a stencil)

Stencil removed from gelli plate, and placed on ghost print #1 as a stamp


Ghost print from gelli plate printed on top of ghost print #1 from trial #1

Rolled out layer 3, laid down stencil in an alternate way, and included mesh tape as well

Result. Print #1, layer 3 (my personal favorite so far)

What remained on the plate after the print was pulled

Stencil was lifted from gelli plate and printed on to ghost print #1 as a stamp

Dark blue rolled out, same stencil laid on top, printed on top of ghost print #1 from trial 1

Stencil as stamp, printed on ghost print #1

A layer of green with stencil and mesh tape, printed on ghost print #1

A new ghost print pulled from the left over green ink on the gelli plate

Here, I experimented with bubble wrap

Painted a black boarder and printed on ghost print #1

The black boarder ghost print was printed to ghost print #1 from trial 1

New layer of yellow printed on top of the palette print from trial #1

Left over yellow on the gelli plate was printed on top of print #2 from trial #1

Experimented with scraping using a texture, in this case a plastic knife

Various layers of blue with ribbon cut outs

More layers of blue. At this point I neglected taking photos of all the steps. Completely unintentional; I was in the "zone."

Final print

Trial #3

Layer #1, print #1

Rolled out flat green, laid bubble wrap on top, like in gelli plate video (stamp)

What was left on the plate after the bubble wrap lifted some of the paint, leaving the texture

Printed from gelli plate

Laid bubble wrap on top of ghost print from layer #1


3rd color rolled, and then stencils used to lift paint, then circles drawn on with end of paint brush

The stencil used, paint lifted from gelli plate

Result. 3rd layer printed.

4th color rolled and new stencil used to lift paint

I used the end of my paint brush to further lift the paint around the stencil to emphasize the deisgn

Mixing up a watery blue violet

Painted directly onto plate. Used the remaining image left over from pulling the print as a guide to place this next layer


I liked this idea, so I kept going

Final monoprinting layer

Final print

Hand painted dots. It needed just one more thing, figured it was most direct to just paint it on instead of printing.

I got "in the zone" and neglected to document the production of these last 2 prints. They are some of my favorites.

Trial #4: Printing on Laminating Film

The set up.

Rolling out first layer using acrylic paint. The papers I'm printing on are watercolor papers.

Total size: 12 x 18

I'm experimenting using 2, 9 x 12 papers, side by side, taped together. I was planning on using this idea for my ART I class in the creation of their sketchbook covers for the inside of the cover as an all over background. In the past I'd have them doing some painting techniques, but I think the printmaking will be better and a more efficient use of time. Let's see how it turns out.

Oh no! The paper stuck to the printing surface and tore! I'm going to have to wet my papers beforehand if I plan to use acrylic paint.

This set back is making me rethink this as a more efficient way for my students to make backgrounds for the inside of their sketchbook covers. Yikes!

Here's what happened to the paper.

Trying it again. I sprayed my papers with water to do another print.

Rolled out fresh acrylic paint.

This worked much better.

The paint left on the laminating film.

Rolling another color for a 2nd layer. This time I used a combination of water based block printing ink with some acrylic paint. I am thinking since the block printing ink is in the mixture, I won't need to pre wet the paper. This took A LONG time to roll out flat on such a large surface.

Laying out some stencils.

Pulled print. A little disappointed the stencils didn't print so clearly.

Ghost print.

2nd ghost print pulled after the stencils are removed. I like this effect.

Next color for another layer.

I placed a sheet of bubble wrap over the inked surface, then stamped the bubble wrap to the prints.

With the extra ink left on the laminating film, I pulled another set of prints.

Result. This was printed on top of a ghost print pulled from the lavender layer. If you look close you can see that violet underneath.

A ghost print pulled.

Playing around with painting on the surface with watered down acrylic paint.

At this point I got lost in the process and failed to capture all my steps. I was in the zone!

When the prints dried, I decided to add some colored pencils into them, some direct hand painting, etc. View the gallery of final prints to see my final works of art.

Gallery of Final Prints

Clare F.M. Norris, 2017


All photos: Clare F.M. Norris

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