Learn How to Make a Monoprint

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Learn How to Make a Monoprint

March 27, 2020

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A wonderful part of creating art is that it’s as unique as the artists creating it. Monoprinting is a way to do printmaking that results in a truly one-of-a-kind printed image every time. Isn’t it fun to think about creating a piece that’s a one and only masterpiece? This family-friendly, simple activity is perfect for children of all ages.

This fun activity only takes a few materials to get started:

  • Paper
  • Paper towel
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush (foam ones work best)
  • Printing tools (popsicle stick, spoon, fork, pencil, finger, etc.)
  • Washable surface (cookie sheet, plate, bathtub, smooth counter)

How to make a monoprint:

  1. Add a thin layer of paint to your washable surface.
  2. Use your printing tool to scrape the paint away in your desired design.
  3. Gently press your paper onto the print. Be careful not to move it around or you may get a smudge in your print.
  4. Carefully peel up your paper to reveal your one-of-a-kind print.
  5. Place in a safe spot and allow the paint to dry.

Can you write a message?

Letters can be tricky. If you want to make a monoprint including letters here’s a special tip to know. Monoprinting has a mirrored effect, meaning you must write your words as well as your letters backward.

Backwards letters to use as a guide when creating a monoprint.
Use this image of backward letters to guide you when writing words when creating a monoprint.

Use your imagination

As you create monoprints, use your imagination to add your unique twist to a print. Explore what prints look like on different types of paper, such as newspaper, construction paper, printer paper, and more. Maybe you can explore using two colors or making one print on top of another print.

Get creative in what tools you use to scrape the paint away. What would a toothbrush, spatula, or stick from outside do? Let your creativity take the lead and see what unique one-of-a-kind pieces you can make.

Explore more art-related fun

The Children’s Museum of South Dakota offers a variety of art classes, day camps, summer camps, and more! Keep your eye on our calendar for more art- and science-related fun!