Monoprint Tutorial

Here is my tutorial as promised: –

Monoprint 11. Assemble a washable flat surface (I use a mirror), Water Soluble Block printing ink, palette knife, print roller, pencil and paper.





Monoprint 22. Squeeze a line of ink onto the mirror and roll it out evenly until it covers an area in a thin film.

Thicker areas of ink will leave splodges and will pick up less detail.





Monoprint 33. Put your paper down on the ink as gently as possible.

Any pressure on the paper will result in the ink being transferred.





Monoprint 44. Start drawing, remembering that the finished image will be reversed.

Only touch the paper where you want ink.





Monoprint 55. Lift the paper and admire!


I think the quality of line you get with monoprinting is really lovely.

All the little dots add real life to a very simple, quick pencil sketch.

Oh, I’ve just had a thought- I wonder if this technique would be a good way of getting baby hand and foot prints?

The baby wouldn’t get mucky at all. You would probably need a thicker layer of ink though. Let me know if it works.

I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

8 Responses to “Monoprint Tutorial”

  1. marné Says:
    August 13th, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    That is really neat! So simple, but I love the results. I may have to try this out sometime. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ali Says:
    August 13th, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Can’t believe the beauty of the results – I want to give this a go. Of course, being able to draw would be helpful, but I’m sure I can come up with something..

  3. Sharyn Says:
    August 14th, 2007 at 1:02 am

    Thank you! Will definitely give it a try.

  4. melissa Says:
    August 15th, 2007 at 8:57 am

    thanks so much for this- it actually looks like something that i could do!
    and now i can’t wait to try it out. x

  5. lynette anderson Says:
    August 15th, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Love the look of this technique, I wonder does it works on calico? With everyone loving stitchery so much you could create some very interesting originals for people to stitch themselves.

  6. Stitchery W.I.P Says:
    September 19th, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    […] hope to individually monoprint my designs onto my favourite calico (muslin) for you to stitch at […]

  7. much better now Says:
    December 3rd, 2010 at 1:12 pm

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  8. michelle Says:
    December 7th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Love your tutorial and adore the owl – it’s stunning!! hope the boys are doing ok xxx Sorry I’ve not visited for a while, it’s all go go go at the cottage, even college hasn’t seen much of me oops!
    If I don’t speak to you before … have a lovely lovely Christmas and I hope to see you at some point in the new year when I invite myself to come visit Sarah again :O) xx

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