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Two More Approaches to Monoprinting

March 6, 2012

After watching the following video from Golden Paints, I think I want to try the Open Acrylics for this process, and for the example shown in the second video as well.




And from artist Flora Doehler at Green Willow Studio a demonstration of monoprinting using paper cutouts. I love the charming prints she has achieved.



You might not have seen my monoprinting demo shown in previous posts. I have a longtime love affair with printmaking. I have longed for an etching press at times, but know that — just like everything else — I would end up using it for a while and then it would eventually become just more studio furniture. Life is too short to do everything we want to do. These low-tech methods are a way to do wonderful prints without a press.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. Inger-Kristina Wegener permalink
    March 6, 2012 8:58 am

    Thank you for posting! I have always considered mono printing an intriguing, independent art form that allows for the implementation of immediate impulses, the incorporation of unusual artifacts and in general a freedom that printing techniques normally will not easily accept.

  2. March 6, 2012 9:06 am

    Love that comment – Life is too short to do everything we want to do. Isn’t that just the rub for most of us. 🙂

  3. sandra dorey permalink
    March 6, 2012 9:15 am


  4. wandajaneece permalink
    March 6, 2012 11:30 am

    Martha, I have just recently discovered your blog and am loving it. I do love your comment about the etching press becoming studio furniture. It is the story of my life! I have also discovered that I am a mixed media artist, only I’ve been working with one medium at a time over the years. It is time to throw it all together. Thanks for the inspiration you offer to do that. I also thank you for introducing me to Seth and The Altered Page and subsequently to all the artists he is featuring in his new book.

    • March 11, 2012 7:28 am

      So happy you’re here, Wandajaneece. I try to keep it interesting. As for mixing media, you can open up a whole world of expression for yourself. Just have fun with it. I am really enjoying my Pulse book, which came 2 days ago. It’s so nice to see a lot of artists and their work all in one place.

  5. Nicole Hyde permalink
    March 6, 2012 11:38 am

    I love monotypes and monoprints too! They are addictive — in a good way. I’ve been swooning over etching presses as well, but just can’t afford one yet, so instead, I bought a very heavy-weight stainless steel rolling pin and it works just great. Got it on Amazon for around $25. Works like a charm. I’ll be be back to see your new prints. 🙂

    • March 11, 2012 7:29 am

      Nicole, I have looked at that roller and thought about it more than once. You’ve reminded me once again that maybe it would be a good thing to have. Thanks for that!

  6. emjayzed permalink
    March 6, 2012 3:05 pm

    Hi Martha, I love this post and really enjoy your blog in general. I’ve nominated your for the Kreativ Blogger Award – congrats! Please visit me to collect!

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