Dura-Lar Monoprint Plates- Grafix
R455.00 – R635.00
Grafix Monoprint Plates are a transparent, durable, nonporous printing surface used to create unique prints by applying paint, using stencils, tracing, or removing ink to create a print. They are economical compared to metal or glass plates and are lightweight for easy portability. Drypoint and collage techniques are also possible with these multipurpose plates. Their flexibility and lightweight nature means they are easily scratched which is ideal for drypoint.
Grafix monoprint plates have a light blue protective coating on each side to keep the film from scratching. Just remove the blue liners before use.
What is monoprinting?
Monotype is a quick and simple printmaking process. Technically, only one impression is made with a monotype, so the work you create is a unique work on paper. There is no need for a press although one can be used. The results can be surprising, subtle, dramatic and painterly – all depending on how you work with this adaptable and exciting method of image making. Bristol paper of around 130-150gsm is smooth and sufficiently flexible to make it easy to manipulate in the hand, and pick up fairly light hand-pressure, so it’s perfect for simple monotypes. If you begin to create multiple layered monotypes, or begin to work with thicker layers of ink, you might find that a heavier printmaking paper will hold more colour.You could also use watercolour paper. Oil painting paper can also be used, but in general, papers that are uncoated or primed tend to hold more ink and will minimise “ink squash”.
Monotype printmaking has the potential to make dynamic and complex prints, or atmospheric sketches with charming simplicity. The process is a natural introductory step for a painter to take into the world of printmaking as it bridges the gap between the painterly and the graphic. Because there is little specialist equipment required, it’s easy to give it a try, and the results can be satisfying and may tempt you to try more. Often a simple line monotype can carry intriguing qualities that a line drawing in pencil or pen may not possess, and then if you start adding layers, and textures, there’s the potential to create a truly unique work of art, or develop ideas that you may want to take back into an oil, acrylic or watercolour painting.
What is the Difference Between Monotype and Monoprint?
A monotype is an entirely unique work of art. A monoprint forms part of a series of prints that each have some variation between them. The constant element throughout the series might be an intaglio or relief print that usually provides a foundation that the variable elements hinge upon. This could be a drypoint or copper plate etching, a linocut, or a collagraph, or a stamp. The way this is inked up or printed might vary from print to print, and there may be some monotype elements or hand coloured elements added to each print to make each monoprint in the series slightly different to the next.
Two Considerations To Remember When Making Monotype Prints
1. Once you have placed your paper over the inked up slab, do not slide it. If you need to reposition it, lift it carefully and lightly drop it into the correct place. This ensures that you do not smear and smudge the ink on to your image.
2. Your resulting image will be back to front, so this is particularly worth remembering if you wish to incorporate writing.