Let’s Explore… monotypes
June 5 2022 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Like all of our “Let’s Explore…” days, this is a day for us to play and learn from each other. No one person is “the teacher”. The main idea is to have the opportunity to spend time with like-minded people doing the “arty textile things” we all enjoy!
Please feel free to bring whatever you want to work on if you don’t want to play around with monotypes.
A monotype is a hand printed ‘painting’. It is a print made by hand, by ‘painting’ inks onto a smooth surface such as a perspex sheet, a smooth table mat from the dollar shop, a thick piece of plastic like you can buy off the roll from Spotlight, or a gelli plate you may have made or purchased. You then transfer the marks/painting onto paper or fabric to produce one of a kind images that can be used in your work in various ways.
Have you tried monotype printing? For this day to be a success, please bring along previous experiments or samples to share any experience you have.
Haven’t done this before? Come along with what you have to explore. People are always generous and will help fill in the gaps of knowledge or materials.
What to bring
- Water-soluble printing ink or fabric paint. Permaset paints work well with this technique and Kraftcolour (online) sells a great range which has less odour. You can use acrylics but they tend to stiffen fabric unless you mix them with a textile or gel medium. Oil-based inks are not advised.
- A piece of Perspex or taped glass, OR a piece of smooth thick plastic (Spotlight) OR the smooth back of a plastic dollar-shop placemat OR your gelliplate OR home made gelatine plate. You do not need a gelliplate, but if you want to make one, Sally has generously shared her instructions.
- Papers and fabrics to experiment with – fabrics are better if finer weave – cotton or silk – and ironed
- A few polystyrene trays or plastic plates for mixing colours, plastic spoons
- Some mark making tools of your choice. Other ideas: grasses, flat leaves, feathers, stencils, old lace … the cheap kitchen tool section at tip shops is a great source for odd shapes and textures – pastry brushes, potato mashers, etc etc
- A flat surface for rolling the paint or ink onto the roller or brayer. A plastic palette, ice cream container lid, butcher’s paper or even aluminium foil can be used.
- A firm brayer (or metal spoon or empty wine bottle or baren)
- Masking tape
- Plastic or a garbage bag opened out to protect your work area and another to take home your rubbish
- Old clothes, gloves (your choice here), towel – all those practical things!
- $15 fee payable on the day (you can do a direct transfer if you don’t have cash)
- your lunch (or cash to purchase lunch nearby), tea and/or coffee and a mug
Please note: non-members will need to join us to be covered by insurance.
Stitching and Beyond member Sally has kindly shared a recipe to make your own gelatine plate for monotype printmaking.