Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Mono Printing Demonstration for Art Quilt Etc.

Art Quilts Etc. is a circle of Desert Quilters of Nevada.  The art focused group meets most months to share work and ideas.  It is a group of approximately fifty talented members.

Each month after general business and show and tell projects, the demonstration of a technique is given by a self selected member. This month I had the pleasure of demonstrating a few mono printing methods on fabric.

Below you'll find photos of the demonstration pieces, a brief description of the process, additional resources, and two blocks that incorporate mono printed fabric into a design.

Subtractive print method
Additive print method

Additive and subtractive print methods

Additive print method

Mono Printing on Fabric

Mono printing allows considerable freedom in the approach to imagery and pattern design using additive (adding paint to a plate) or subtractive (removing paint from a plate) techniques. The characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike. The beauty of this medium is in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing applications. Mono printing is a versatile way to create your own fabrics.


Fabric: Recommend washing sizing out of commercial cotton fabrics.
Paint: There are many paints specifically made for use on fabric.  Experiment with different paint to get your desire hand (softness of the fabric once paint is applied).  Follow manufactures directions for setting the paint. The paint brands I like using are Pro Chemical and Dye, Lumiere by Jacquard, and Pebeo Setacolor.  If you desire layers, print consecutively using transparent paints.

Fabric Painting Medium: Golden GAC-900, can be used to modify acrylic paints.  I use it to thin the consistency of fabric paint as needed.


Apron, palette or styrofoam trays for mixing paint, clear acetate, soft rubber brayer or small paint roller, mark making tools, plastic to protect surfaces, paper towels.
Printing plates such as linoleum mounted block, Gelli Arts Gel Printing Plates, home made plate (laminated card stock).


Stabilizing fabric is completely optional. To do this, simply iron the wrong side of the fabric to the shiny (plastic) side of a piece of freezer paper.

    Using the brayer, roll ink out onto the Plexiglas or printing plate, covering it completely.
    Using a mark making tool, draw an image or create pattern of marks on the printing plate.
    Place fabric on prepared plate and rub lightly with brayer.
    Gently peel away fabric.

   Using squirt bottle of paint and/or a paintbrush, paint a design onto the fabric.
   Work quickly as paint drys.
   Place clear acetate over painted surface and press lightly with your hand.
   Peel away acetate.  An other print can be made with paint left on the acetate.


   Printing with Gelli Arts Blog

   Negative (Subtractive) Mono Printing ~ Textile Arts Now Blog

   Jennifer Rodriguez's board "Monoprint Inspire" on Pinterest

Once fabric is dry and set according to paint manufacture's recommendations, it is ready to be incorporated into something more.

Printed fabric ready for ?

Mono printed hand dyed fabric, cut, fused, reassembled, and stitched

Mono printed fabric, then stitched to enhance printed lines

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