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Friday, June 24, 2011

Technique for July

The technique for July that I'd like to explore is Monoprinting. Technically, monoprinting is a method of making one image, with only one print taken from the inked/painted surface, although you can actually sometimes get 2-3 prints.

Monoprinting can be done in several different ways, like squirting paint on a piece of glass and swirling it around, or by making a gelatin plate and using that for your printing surface, using a carved linoleum block, even using a piece of bubble wrap, a carved potato or a sponge. Resists can be created with paper, or by adding leaves, stems, or other organic material.

Here are some links to examples of monoprinting:





Materials that might be needed include a brayer or a small sponge roller, Setacolor paints and/or Dynaflo paints, fabric paints, maybe some thickened procion mx dye, linoleum blocks for carving (from Dick Blick or other on-line supplier).

The link below gives a good explanation of gelatin printing, and also tells how to make the gelatin plate.



  1. Fabulous. I love mono-printing. Maybe Judith (Quiltordye) and I can do some tomorrow. We are actually doing improvisational quilts with stitch and beading but there's always room for mono-printing in the day as well. Great Choice of a technique

  2. oh, this is something I'd been planning to try over the next couple of weeks so hurray! I'll wait and do it with you. :)

  3. I did a little of this awhile back. I'd love to try some more. I'm going to be gone most of July, but I hope I can find a day or two to play.

  4. I teach Gelatin or Jello Printing on Fabric.
    There is lots to see on my blog, including slideshows.
    The link below will take you to lots of inspiration for jello printing:

    My Best To You,
    LuAnn in Oregon


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