Printmaking – P34 – My First Monoprints

“Experiments in mark making and painted plates.

“With your printing plate in front of you begin to make patterns of colour using your ink and brushes….”

For this first project, I used a hard glass plate as recommended, although I’m used to using a soft gelatine plate for monoprints, and my water-based Speedball block printing inks which I use for gelatine printmaking. I investigated the effect of adding water but this frequently just gave ‘splodges’ when the ink was too runny.

I found that, in general, the water-based inks dried quite quickly on the glass plate and I had to make the print promptly. The hard glass plate gave more effect of the brushmarks compared with what I am used to with a gelatine plate. Here are some of my prints:



This is a second ‘ghost’ print from the same plate as the first print.



First print and ghost print.



I did the three colours on this print as three different layers to see the effect of overlapping colours.Monoprint22

Again this print is a ghost of the previous one. In addition, it is a double print as I turned the paper around before printing again.


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I'm a printmaker based in the North West of England, living in Bolton and printing at Hot Bed Press in Salford. Please visit my website
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