AUTOPLAY
Printmaking: Watercolor Monotypes
24 steps
What you’ll need
Several sheets
Printmaking Paper
1 or more
Sheet Of Plexiglass Or Mylar
2
Disponible Or Cotton Rags Or Cheesecloth
1
Rolling Pin Or Bottle
1 set regular or liquid
Watercolors
1
Tray Of Water - Bigger Than Your Paper
1
Water Container
1
A Towel
A few tablespoons worth
Gum Arabic or Clear Liquid Dish soap
1
Palette: Watercolor palette Or Tupperware Lid
Several
Assorted Watercolor Brushes
2
Wooden spoon
Pour a little of your gum arabic (preferable) or dish soap into a container.
1. Pour a little of your gum arabic (preferable) or dish soap into a container.
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Soak a bit of your rag in it and smear it across your sheet of plexiglass or Mylar.
2. Soak a bit of your rag in it and smear it across your sheet of plexiglass or Mylar.
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With a clean rag, gently go over it again to soak up any excess, so you have an even thin coating.
3. With a clean rag, gently go over it again to soak up any excess, so you have an even thin coating.
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Set it aside to dry. Now fill a tray with water. You can use anything that’s bigger than your paper.
4. Set it aside to dry. Now fill a tray with water. You can use anything that’s bigger than your paper.
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Submerge your PRINTMAKING paper. Soak for an hour or more. Regular paper is too fragile for this.
5. Submerge your PRINTMAKING paper. Soak for an hour or more. Regular paper is too fragile for this.
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I’m going to test both regular and liquid watercolors.
6. I’m going to test both regular and liquid watercolors.
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First: liquid watercolors. I’ll drop a few colors onto my palette.
7. First: liquid watercolors. I’ll drop a few colors onto my palette.
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You can put other paper of the same size underneath the Mylar/plexiglass so you know where to paint.
8. You can put other paper of the same size underneath the Mylar/plexiglass so you know where to paint.
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I’ll paint an imaginary sunset. Notice how the wet colors bleed into each other.
9. I’ll paint an imaginary sunset. Notice how the wet colors bleed into each other.
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Now I’ll try the regular watercolors with a flower pattern.
10. Now I’ll try the regular watercolors with a flower pattern.
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Set it aside to dry. If you have any puddles like this, it’s not ready! Drying can take awhile.
11. Set it aside to dry. If you have any puddles like this, it’s not ready! Drying can take awhile.
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When ready, pull your wet paper out and place it on a towel. Fold the towel over the paper.
12. When ready, pull your wet paper out and place it on a towel. Fold the towel over the paper.
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Very gently roll it with your rolling pin (or thermos or bottle!) to remove excess water.
13. Very gently roll it with your rolling pin (or thermos or bottle!) to remove excess water.
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Carefully place your paper. Don’t adjust or it will smear! Top with a clean sheet of regular paper.
14. Carefully place your paper. Don’t adjust or it will smear! Top with a clean sheet of regular paper.
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If you have access to a printing press, use it. If not, firmly rub with the back of a wooden spoon.
15. If you have access to a printing press, use it. If not, firmly rub with the back of a wooden spoon.
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And/or slowly and firmly roll with your rolling pin or other roller.
16. And/or slowly and firmly roll with your rolling pin or other roller.
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Reveal your work! Watercolor monotypes are unpredictable and surprising which makes them fun!
17. Reveal your work! Watercolor monotypes are unpredictable and surprising which makes them fun!
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I’ll do another two. Watch how much the wet colors swirl around. If you make a mistake, wipe it up.
18. I’ll do another two. Watch how much the wet colors swirl around. If you make a mistake, wipe it up.
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I’ll try one where I let it dry fully in between two stages for more control.
19. I’ll try one where I let it dry fully in between two stages for more control.
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After drying, the new colors interact less with the previous layer.
20. After drying, the new colors interact less with the previous layer.
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When the plate is fully dry and the paper fully soaked, it’s time to print!
21. When the plate is fully dry and the paper fully soaked, it’s time to print!
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Again, first towel paper. This time I’ll press hard everywhere to be sure I get all the color.
22. Again, first towel paper. This time I’ll press hard everywhere to be sure I get all the color.
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Done! You can let your prints dry pressed between clean sheets of paper to make sure they dry flat.
23. Done! You can let your prints dry pressed between clean sheets of paper to make sure they dry flat.
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You can make a ghost print or paint back into your plates. Then wash and reuse them again and again!
24. You can make a ghost print or paint back into your plates. Then wash and reuse them again and again!
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