This charm­ing one-of-a-kind flower cre­ated by Robin D.
With mono­prints, only one print can be made from each orig­i­nal design, but you can repaint the print­ing sur­face and draw as many new designs as you like! Stu­dents of all ages will enjoy charm­ing results. Remem­ber that any words or let­ters you write will print in reverse!

  • Alu­minum foil (a lit­tle larger then the paper you want to print on)
  • Mask­ing tape
  • Tem­pera paint (in what­ever color you want your print to be)
  • Paper plate for palette
  • 1” Foam brush
  • Q-tip (or other dull draw­ing instrument)
  • Paper to print on
  • Baby wipes

1. Tape a piece of alu­minum foil onto your work sur­face, or bet­ter yet, cover a piece of card­board with foil so you can turn it dif­fer­ent direc­tions. (You can also use plex­i­glass or any other “wipeable” sur­face.)

2. Lay your paper onto the foil and trace around it with a pen­cil.
3. Then place mask­ing tape around the inside of the shape you just traced. (This will give you a clean bor­der around your fin­ished print, and a place where you can pick it up with­out get­ting paint on your fin­gers.)
4. Pour a lit­tle paint onto your paper plate palette.
5. Paint inside your taped off area. Try not to get any paint on the tape, but if you do, just care­fully clean it off with a baby wipe.
6. Now use a Q-tip to draw a sim­ple design in the paint.
7. Place your paper over the taped area (if you are mak­ing a card, check to be sure it will open the right direc­tion!) and press down firmly. Rub well with your fin­gers!
8. Care­fully peel away your paper and set your print aside to dry.
9. Repaint your foil and draw another design to make your next print!


18 Responses to Monoprints

  1. Kathy Barbro July 27, 2009 at 9:59 pm #

    Love this idea. I keep think­ing that print­mak­ing is hard work but you make this look easy!

  2. TeachKidsArt July 28, 2009 at 1:28 pm #

    Thanks, Kathy! I’ve got­ten so many great ideas from you, I’m glad that one of mine has been help­ful to you! :)

  3. Faige July 29, 2009 at 6:26 am #

    When I taught preschool we used to let the kids fin­ger­paint on the table, make a pic­ture and pick it up from the image on the table with a paper

  4. TeachKidsArt July 29, 2009 at 8:43 am #

    What a great idea! I bet they LOVED it!!

  5. Ryan and Debra July 31, 2009 at 8:12 pm #

    I just came across your blog and I love it already! I have been look­ing for a fun project to do for our fun weekly cousin camp and I thought this would be per­fect. How long does it usu­ally take from start to fin­ish?
    Thanks for your great ideas!

  6. TeachKidsArt July 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

    You could really spend as lit­tle time or as much time as you want. It doesn’t take long at all to make a sin­gle print with this method, but it’s so much fun that they prob­a­bly won’t want to stop with just one!!

  7. Sue August 2, 2009 at 4:40 am #

    Great idea. Love it! Thanks Kathy

  8. goldenbird August 4, 2009 at 2:51 pm #

    This is a great tuto­r­ial. I always won­dered how you cre­ate a monoprint.

  9. marli August 5, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    won­der­ful idea! i wanted to do these with my class last year but couldn’t fig­ure out the best way to do it.
    this looks sim­ple. i think i’ll give it a go.
    thanks for sharing!

  10. Frau Traumberg August 6, 2009 at 11:57 am #

    That looks super­easy but very pro­fes­sional! Need to try it with my two girls (5 and 2 yrs).

    I’ll let you know, how it worked out!

    Greet­ings from Germany,


  11. shanelle August 28, 2009 at 6:45 pm #

    Did this today with my kids, ages 5, 3 1/2, and 2… all 3 loved it, and were able to do it with­out too much help from me! Can’t wait to hang all of their pieces up (can’t say that about every­thing they make, haha)!

  12. Hope Chella September 2, 2009 at 5:17 pm #

    This is great! I hope to use some­thing like this with my stu­dents. THANKSTON!!!!!

  13. Lori Ann October 14, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    Very cool! I won­der if this would work with acrylic or fin­ger paint? I don’t have tem­pera at home, but I do have acrylic and fin­ger paint. We tried doing prints with meat trays, but it was a com­plete fail­ure. This looks like some­thing we can do!

    My 3 year old daugh­ter is always want­ing to do a “project”, so I love your blog!

  14. TeachKidsArt October 14, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    This should work well with either fin­ger paint or acrylics.… you just want to make sure that the paint doesn’t dry before you make your print! I’m glad your daugh­ter loves to do projects… have fun!!

  15. Tisha Smith June 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

    Hi There,
    We used this idea today, and the kids LOVED it!! I posted some of the results here:

    Thanks again, enjoy your blog lots!

  16. miss merril January 17, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I just hap­pened across your blog and I’m so happy I did! I am a pre-k teacher and so look­ing for­ward to try­ing this in class next week. Thank you!

  17. Lucy George December 27, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    What a sim­ple design idea, great for kids. The ear­lier chil­dren learn to design the eas­ier it will be for them to have the con­fi­dence to progress with their tal­ents later on. Thanks for the great post.
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