Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Grafix Monoprint Plates

I have always been attracted to printmaking; combining this process along with other techniques to create mixed media art is one of my favorite things to do. Grafix has helped to make this easier with affordable and reliable products. Monoprint Plates are available in a variety of sizes and quantities.  
Transparent, durable, flexible, and non-porous, Grafix Impress Monoprint Plates are used to create unique prints by applying paint, using stencils, tracing, or removing ink. 

Grafix Impress Inking Palettes are smooth, non-porous, .005" thick,9" × 12"plastic sheets that work with all types of printing ink. Great for rolling out inks for block printing, monoprinting, and stamping, the 25-sheet pad is bound at two ends to prevent curling when rolling ink with a brayer.
Impress Inking Palettes are quick and easy to use — when finished, just tear the sheet from the pad and discard it.

Grafix makes it easy by including an easy to follow instruction guide.

 Very economical when compared to metal or glass plates,  Monoprint Plates are also lightweight, easy to transport, and easy to clean.
Using a craft knife,  I cut down the plate to five inches square.

 Remove the blue protector liner.

 My first print was made by adding paint directly to the plate and placing the paper down on the undisturbed paint. I then rolled a clean brayer over the back of the paper. Creating prints in this manner, allows a lot of freedom. You do not have a preconceived notion of how it will appear. Clean the plates between prints and they can be reused to make multiple prints.  

 This mono-print was printed on Vellum that had been embellished with a collage resource, a torn page (upper left area) adhered to the Vellum before the print was pulled. Lines were removed on the plate with the end of a paintbrush (upper right corner).

This print was made on a plat (map). Step 1 - Squeeze ink or water based paint on Grafix Monoprint Plate. Step 2 - You may use a brayer or a paintbrush to spread and blend your paint. Draw into the wet with a wood skewer or the end of a paintbrush. This will remove paint, creating lines that become negative space on your print. Step 3 - Once satisfied, position your paper facedown on the wet plate, smooth evenly with the palm of your hand (or you may use a printmaking tool). Step 4 - Using both hands, starting at the bottom corners slowly pull the paper off of the plate. Step 5 - Hang with clips or lay face up to dry. Optional - once the print has dried, continue to embellish with other mediums.

 Mixed media Mono-print created by embellishing the mono-print with collage resources and black graphite lines.
Detail of print above.  Try Grafix Impress Monoprint Plates, available online  or in local craft and hobby stores.