Sunday, April 24, 2011

scribble monoprint

My contribution to a fat book technique swap held by Belinda Spiwak over at Mixed Media Art Friends. I had to make 37 pages of the same technique and in return will receive 37 different pages, plus instructions. Wow! Technique nirvana!!!

The basic materials and directions are shown below. They're for your personal use and to share for a little playtime with your friends. If you plan on using them in any other way, I'd appreciate if you could list my blog in the credits.

Not the full stack, but you get the idea! -

Fanned out for effect -

A Picasa collage -

Hmmm....note to self......this might make a nice background or header one of these days!

Scribble Monoprint – Anne Marie Desaulniers


Caran d’Ache, Neocolor II Watersoluble Wax Pastels
Strathmore 140 lb Cold Press Watercolour Paper
Water from the tap
Table salt
Large wooden spoon
2 – glass sheets, several inches larger than your paper


-Scribble directly onto the bottom glass plate with your Neocolor II’s (they’re just like crayons, so can take a lot of pressure). Use your lighter or brighter colour first, then add a darker one. Add a third colour if desired. Think and act like a child! Be messy and use a fair amount of pressure. Leave enough empty spaces to allow the colour to spread.
-Run your sheet of Watercolour paper under the cold-water tap. Get it soaking wet! Remember to wet both sides thoroughly. Hold the edges and allow the excess water to drip a bit (but not too much) and then quickly lay it down on your glass plate.
-cover with the second glass plate
-apply pressure to the back of the glass plate with the wooden spoon. Using circular movements, cover the entire area.
-when you’re finished, do it again!
-carefully pick up the edge of the second glass sheet and pull it away from the first glass sheet. You’ll notice that the WC paper will stick to it. Quickly turn it over (drips on the paper are good) and sprinkle with table salt from a saltshaker.
-separate the WC paper from the glass sheet and lay it to dry on a protected surface
-clean up and don’t forget to sop up the extra paint with a paper towel. The towel can be used in future art projects. Waste not, want not!!!!

Get messy and have some fun!!!

I hope that everyone that celebrates is having a very happy Easter! As for the rest of you, enjoy whatever you have planned for the day!!


Beth said...

oooooooooO!!! looks like fun.

I just might have to try that too.

kaite said...

that's looks easy enough that even i could try it, and i love the picasa collage, nice colours.

Judys Fiber Art said...

I have done this with fabric paint. Never tried it with watercolor crayon and paper. Great idea.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

Beth, Kaite and Judy, thanks and do give it a try, it's sooo easy! I was going to make some acrylic paint monoprints, but then changed my mind after doing 4 or 5 of them. The clean-up on these is so much easier.

Judy, I believe that it works with regular watercolours as well.

Kaite, I like the collage as well!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I took part in a technique swap a few years ago and refer to the ones I received ALL the time! I'm sure you will do the same when yours arrive.