Monoprints

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!
Mate­ri­als:

  • 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

Direc­tions:
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!


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17 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,

    Tanja
    :-)

  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: http://artwithmrssmith.blogspot.com/2010/06/4th-of-july-printmaking.html

    Thanks again, enjoy your blog lots!
    tisha

  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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