Discovering Printmaking: Monoprinting

Ever wanted to make your own prints? Come learn easy ways to make prints in class and that you can make at home. We’ll be exploring monoprinting, the painterly print. We’ll start with rolling ink onto Gelli plates, using leaves and simple stencils to make our marks. Then we’ll move on to work on the etching press with oil-based inks, using non-toxic cleanup techniques. We’ll explore additive, subtractive, and trace monotype techniques.

We’ll also visit the Print Study Room at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to look close up at examples of monotypes and monoprints from the 19th and 20th century.

What you will learn:

  • Students will be able to print a range of monoprint techniques

  • Students will learn the history and contemporary practice of monoprinting

  • Students will learn to handle printmaking paper, mix color, register layers; curate & sign prints

  • Students will work in the community setting with shared materials and equipment; clean work area and tools

Required supplies:

  • Supplies should be purchased after we discuss at the first class & will include: Speedball Printmaking Pad, 8 ½” x 11”; two sheets printmaking paper, 22” x 30”, 100% rag. E.g., Arches 88, BFK Rives, Stonehenge

  • Inks, brayers, and other tools will be provided