I share with you the sixth art-ivity that my students and I did in the Creative Remix sessions I facilitated at the Roundhouse Centre… Mini Monoprints!
The materials we used:
- foam sheet, preferably with stickie back
- card stock/drawing/watercolour paper (whatever you have)
(ATC/artist trading card size – 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches
- ballpoint pen
- water dish
- 9-card Artist Trading Card Plastic Sleeve
Learn about the history of ARTIST TRADING CARDS
1. The Printing Plate —Cut the foam sheet to ATC size 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches, mount on cardboard or anything sturdy.
2. Using a ballpoint pen, draw on the foam printing plate. Try to create just one big image rather than a multitude of little figures/details.
A simple rainbow-design on a mini foam printing plate
3. Using a brush, apply watercolor onto the foam plate, then quickly press the paper onto the plate. It is best to rub palm onto paper to ensure that it picks up as much detail from the plate.
4. Pull your paper/print, and try another color combination, and make more prints.
Nine mini monoprints from one foam printing plate
I asked my students to make a minimum of 9 prints each. It was fun to see the different color combinations they came up with. Check out their creations below:
This is a great example of a simple and very focused design that creates a most striking effect. The bird’s colors do not change just the background.
POPSICLE – what a perfect summer print (and treat)!!!
Here are six more print series by my students. Bear in mind that these are kids ages 5 to 10 making monoprints for the first time.
The children were quite proud of their mini monoprints. At first they thought I was asking too much when I said they have to produce a minimum of 9 prints, but they did it! CONGRATS kids!
Salamat/ Thank you for making MoNA a part of your Gabii sa Kabilin/Heritage Night Adventure.
Below is an image summary of the fun activities on May 25th at the MoNA
Here are the activities at the MoNA for GSK 2018:
Museum Highlight: FISH-to-FACE Collection
For GSK 2018, the MoNa highlights the collection called Fish-to-Face. The balangays traveled on our pre-colonial seas and under the surface was a rich and diverse marine life. These were the same species of fish and corals that artist Paulina Constancia encountered on her diving trips in Bohol and Cebu in the 90’s.
It is imperative for us to protect our oceans, home to the families of fish that fed our ancestors, continue to feed us, and hopefully nourish generations to come…
Kanta-Kanta: Community Singing Ocean-themed songs
Tanod-Tanod: Stuff and Decorate a FISH Decor
Isda-Isda: Fish Monoprinting
Pares-Pares: Ocean-themed Memory Card Game
Once again, our deep gratitude for joining us at GSK. See you again next year! But remember, the MoNA is open throughout the year from MONDAY TO SATURDAY – 10AM TO 4 PM (CLOSED SUNDAYS & PUBLIC HOLIDAYS). So come see us again with your family and friends. You don’t have to wait till the next GSK. Ali namo pag-usab sa MoNA!
Note: The FISH monoprints featured on this post were created by GSK goers at the Monoprinting Workshop at the MoNA on Heritage Night/Gabii sa Kabilin.
I bring you the the last of the 3 part printmaking workshop series that I recently conducted at my son’s elementary school – Monoprinting with a Textured *Plate.
(*a surface upon which a printing process is carried out)
textured materials like silicon trivets, bubble wrap, plastic mats, plastic fruits trays with raised textured patterns
watercolor paper or card stock (plain index card works perfectly fine, too)
watercolor, tempera or acrylic paint
Here are the steps in photos:
If you figure out a registration system for your printmaking process then it will be much easier for you to do more stuff to your print. Example, after this step, allow paint to dry then go back and print more design over that heart.
Monoprint using a trivet and watercolor
Here are some of the hearts created by the young printmakers (6 to 7 year olds) at the workshop – absolutely stunning work!
A Parade of Hearts for your folks. Happy Valentine’s…from our hearts to yours!
We continue with our PRINTS CHARMING series.This time we will use a Foam Plate.
Yes, foam, but not just any foam. What I find to be the best one as mono printing *plate is the material used in foam take out containers. So, please next time you get those foam food boxes or containers… clean it and save it for a day of printing fun. (*Plate- a surface upon which a printing process is carried out)
Ballpoint pen for making impression on foam
cardstock or watercolor paper
watercolor, tempera or acrylic colors for background color on paper
inking plate (plexiglass)
Here are some images of the steps:
Here are some photos of my students foam plates ( impressions on the foam were made using a ballpoint pen)
So to make the prints more interesting, I got the kids to paint the paper using watercolor. When watercolor dried, we then did the printing with the foam plate and printing ink.
Look at this slideshow of all the works of my young printmakers…
Paint your paper and then do the actual monoprint with foam plate and black printing ink.
Notice the letters on the foam plate are on reverse…
Make a lovely monoprint to frame or some mini monoprints to make bookmarks for your loved ones this Valentine’s.
Try out this simple monoprinting technique…if my 6 and 7 year old students could do it, so can you!!!
I recently conducted a special workshop series at my son’s elementary school on simple ways children could do *monoprinting.
*Monoprinting – is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once, unlike most printmaking, where there are multiple originals
I called the series PRINTS CHARMING and here are the techniques that I taught them in 3 different sessions.
Workshop 1- Making Monoprints using a Foil Plate
Workshop 2- Making Monoprints using a Foam Plate
Workshop 3- Making Monoprints using a Textured Plate
(*Plate- a surface upon which a printing process is carried out)
Let’s start with the first session PRINTS CHARMING 1: The Foil Plate
Yes, you heard that right…foil, as in aluminum foil. So, please next time you have some used foil, clean it and save it for a day of printing fun.
Materials needed: aluminum foil mounted on something sturdy like cardboard or plexi-glass, tempera or acrylic paint, brushes, water dish and water color paper or plain index card works too…
Here are some images of the steps:
Check out the photos of my eager young participants at work…
And here are the awesome creations of my little printmakers…
Try out this simple monoprinting technique and create lovely one-of-a-kind Valentine’s cards for the dearest people in your life.