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Masked Monoprints & Waxy Transfers

Magazine article Arts & Activities

Masked Monoprints & Waxy Transfers

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Masking with flat paper cut-outs enhances this monoprinting method. Tip: Students should sign their papers beforehand!

Roll water-based printing ink onto a sheet of Plexiglas and draw or scrape designs directly on that surface. Create lines, shapes, and patterns, but letters and numbers will be mirrored, so don't use them. (Small squares of matboard make good scraping tools.) Then add the paper masking shapes on top of the ink, wherever more white is to be preserved.

Place the sheet of printing paper onto the inked, designed surface. Press all over the back with the flat of your hand. Peel the print off, let dry.

While the black-and-white prints have graphic appeal, they're even more delightful when partly colored. Use dry media (again, when the print is dry) such as colored pencils or pastels (oil or chalk), even crayons. It's a good idea to leave some white paper in places.

IMAGE TRANSFER with waxed paper is exciting for kids. Computer images that are graphic and black and white work best. Students can even use their own art, whether a digitized drawing or photograph. Again, the print will be reversed.

First, the computer image must be no larger than 8.5" x 11". Cut both smooth watercolor paper and waxed paper to that size, too. Then dampen the watercolor paper with water and wipe it off, because too much water will make the print blur terribly. Set that aside.

To prevent wrinkles or jamming the printer, tape the waxed paper smoothly to a sheet of printer paper at the top. Or use repositional adhesive spray at the top end. …

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