Mono Printing with Contact Paper
Mono printing is such a wonderful process for young artists (and we adult artists certainly love it too!). But what if you don't have the "proper" equipment for mono printing such as jelly plates and brayers? No worries! CutOuts Kids has got you covered. Here's our mono printing on a budget method.
1. Contact Paper
2. Washable Paint (any color you desire)
3. Small Roller Brush
4. Cu-tip or Popsicle Stick
5. Piece of cut canvas fabric or card stock paper to transfer prints
On a clean and flat surface using a pair of scissors cut off a piece of contact paper about the width or your work area. Peel the backing off of your piece of contact paper and slowly adhere it to your work surface. You will have covered a portion of your work area in contact paper. This is where you will paint.
Squirt a little paint onto your covered work area. Use your roller brush to smooth the paint around on top of your contact paper.
Once your contact paper is mostly covered in the paint, use a cu-tip or Popsicle Stick to make etchings in the paint. For very young artists they can use their hands, which creates a wonderful sensory experience.
After you have completed your etching or drawing in the paint, smooth out your piece of fabric or select a piece of paper to create your print on. Gently spread and lay out your fabric or paper directly on top of the etching you created in the paint. Press the fabric or paper firmly into the paint. You will see a little of the paint bleed through if you are using fabric. You shouldn't see any bleed through if you are using sturdy paper.
Slowly and gently peel up your fabric or paper to reveal the transferred image. If you did not create scribbles in the paint, but created more realistic shapes remember the shapes will transfer as a mirror image.