Saturday, December 5, 2015

Simple Monoprints with Tempera Paint

Monoprints can have a light, painterly feel that will add a contemporary look to any room. It's a simple process that involves some serendipity and a willingness to be adventuresome, plus they are a great activity to do with children of all ages.
Just a few simple supplies are required which you may already have on hand.




1. Inexpensive bath/kitchen tiles from a big box store. Any size, as long as they are smooth.


2. Tempera Paint


3. Q Tips


4. Sponge Brushes


5. White Drawing or Construction Paper
Spread paint onto your tile with the sponge brush. Make marks in the paint using the Q Tips. Place a sheet of paper on top of the tile and press very lightly. It is key that you do not apply too much pressure as that will cause your lines to be smushed and disappear.
I kept a damp rag handy to clean off the tile between prints.
Since the tempera is not opaque a nice quality can be achieved by layering prints on top on one another. Have a lot of paper handy because this is addictive.

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