Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Playing with mono printing

While reading blogs the other morning in bed with my tea, I came across this intriguing method of mono printing. I've always admired Alicia Burke's style and how she paints with such abandon and exuberance. While I have a somewhat loose style, I find it hard to really let go, so I was intrigued with a tutorial she gave on plastic bag mono printing.
I have a couple of projects in mind which is why I used a heavy canvas and my colors did not print as distinctly as hers. I'm sure if I'd used paper or plain cotton, I would have gotten brighter results.
This is after a first layer. Very plain.

I wasn't sure I liked where it was going so I started to add layers of green with leaf shapes drawn into them. Still wasn't sure but I kept layering.

Then I changed to adding a layer with black flowers and finally a layer with purple flowers.
I didn't clean the Baggie off in between either. I used my fingers to rub with.
This is what the Baggie looks like after applying it. I just kept adding paint and drawing into it again. It was really fun!

Here is the finished canvas. It will make a fun background for some stitching.

I think I had more fun with this than even printing with the Gelli. Definitely going to try it again!

8 comments:

Mystic Quilter said...

What a good idea - never heard of this method, in the past I have used an old piece of solid glass to set the design on and then rolled fabric over the top

beth said...

I was inspired by the same post! YOU took action. I did not. ;)

Eileen said...

I know you can do something wonderful with this piece. The drawn flower shapes are intriguing. Let us know what you do.

Mary Ann said...

Very interesting results...looks like fun:)

Angela said...

Fun! Now I have to go look up how to do this even though I have the gelli plate.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

I am interested in seeing it after you stitch on it....you are so inventive.

Regina said...

Certainly very interesting, can't wait to see what you'll do with it.

Rose Best said...

Very different, but also very interesting Thanks for sharing