After my Degree in Fine Art Printmaking I battled with the challenge of how to achieve the printmaking expression I love without the print workshop presses.
I was already hooked on the process of Monotype (one-off print which is not reproducible) and therefor set about experimenting in my studio.
The main thing to get right and which needed adjusting was the consistency of the ink as without a press (less pressure) the ink needed to be looser than the normal etching ink I had been using with printmaking with a press.
I found etching ink extender did the trick. It also adds transparency to the ink, which means I can layer up colours one top of each other and achieve lovely colour tones where they mix. I now use ordinary oil colours for painting with the extender to monoprint without a press.
Below are instructions of the first technique I teach in my workshops, which I run mainly during Open Studios in my studio.
Do have a go at Monoprinting with Stencils, it's ever so much fun.
Etching ink extender
Piece of glass/acrylic sheet/perspex
Do get in touch if you want any advice or pointers! Always lovely to hear from new monoprinters!