Friday, July 25, 2014

Monoprinting with Ink and Freezer Paper Tutorial

Last week I posted about some ink printing I had done. It's really fun and easy so today I thought I would post a tutorial of the process I used. 
It's really a fun and easy process and a great way to make pages for journals, collage, cards, etc., etc.


Ink  - I used Dr. Ph. Martins Bombay India Ink
Freezer paper  - to be the printing plate
Masking Tape - to secure the freezer paper
Paper to print on  - I used card stock from the office supply store.
Paper towel roll
Container for some water
A paint brush or stick

Spray bottle


Tear a piece of freezer paper larger than the paper you are printing on, and tape it to your work surface.

Next, use your fingers to sprinkle some water drops on the freezer paper.  Then use the dropper in the ink to drop some ink on the page.

Using the handle end of the paint brush drag the ink around on the freezer paper.  The ink will blend with the water droplets in places.

Place a piece of your paper down onto the freezer paper and rub the back of the paper with your hand. or you could use a brayer. 

Then carefully peel the paper up off the freezer paper.

Below is what my first print looked like.  You can see how the ink blended with the water in places to make a pastel color, and you can see the lines from dragging the tip of the paintbrush handle through the ink.

If there is lots of wet ink left on your page you can just roll the paper towel roll across the paper to blot it.

This next one is done in the same manner but with two colors of ink dripped onto the freezer paper and I dragged the paintbrush in vertical and horizontal lines.  Be sure to wipe the freezer paper off between prints if you don't want the lingering ink to color your next print. But that may give a nice effect depending on what you are trying to achieve.

Now let's try a different technique.  This time put a good amount of water on the freezer paper and rub it all over the surface. Kind of like when you finger painted as a kid.  Then, drip drops of ink onto the wet surface.  The ink will spread and "bloom."

You can do two (or more) colors of ink at once.

Here's the print I got from the above ink.

You may notice that your freezer paper is becoming stained by the ink.  That's a bonus - another texture of paper for you to use in your mixed media art!

Now it's time for another technique.  Lets drip paint onto the dry freezer paper and use a brayer to roll it around over the freezer paper.  Below: Left - the print I got; Right - the plate before printing.

Next, some of the first papers you printed are probably getting dry now. So keep going and start printing another layer on them. 

Get creative and try some new techniques - like drawing with the dropper. Or put some diluted ink in a spray bottle and spray onto the paper.

Soon you'll have your own stack of papers to use however you like.

  I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will give it a try!  Let me know if you do. I'd love to see what you create.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Recent Art Journal Page

Another recent page in my journal.  Background inspired by Kate Crane; collage inspired by Teesha Moore.  This was a lot of fun to do.  The background is acrylic paint, stamped with home made/found stamps and more paint.  Collage, pen,marker and oil pastel.

Linking up with Art Journal Everyday

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blog Button

Learning all  kinds of new Techy stuff including how to make a blog button!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Monoprinting with Ink and Freezer Paper

I love printing with ink but had not played with that in awhile.  I used freezer paper for a printing plate and used Dr. Ph. Martins Bombay India Inks full strength and diluted with water. It's always fun to see what you will get.  Here are a few examples.

I love the pastels you get with the diluted inks.

And all the layers show through nicely!

Using the inks full strength either on top of the pastel prints or alone gives stronger color.  If you try it - fair warning - hours can go by quickly!

I printed these on white cardstock and they would make great journal pages or cards.

I've got a tutorial in the works.

Linking up with Art Journal Everyday and Paint Party Friday

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Art Journal Page

This art journal page started with a yellow-green acrylic paint background.  I added stamping in dark green, white and black. The background was inspired by a couple of classes I took in 21 Secrets last year with Kate Crane and Terri Kahrs.  The collage is inspired by Teesha Moore.  I used Portfolio Oil Pastels for the shading and the border.  This was really fun to do!  The quote says "No trumpets sound when the important decisions in our life are made. Destiny is made known silently." - Agnes DeMille.

Linking up with Art Journal Everyday.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mini Zine

I picked up the new issue of Cloth Paper Scissors Pages last weekend and today I decided to play around with the mini zine tutorial.  This is the first time I have done one of these - although I think they used to be pretty popular a few years back.  I think this would be a fun way to make a small little art journal.

The example used collage, and I did a bit of that, but took to my favorite pens and markers for this little trial.  I used just plain computer printer paper, but I think I'd like to try some watercolor paper with some other techniques, too

Have you ever made any of these little zines?
Linking up with Art Journal Everyday.

Playing with Paint on Fabric

Playing with paint on fabric again!  It's been awhile.  This is acrylic (with a dry brush technique (for the most part and watercolor pencil as well as a little spray dye.  Not sure what this will end up in yet. Just playing around!
And I always love the paper towels I use to blot the brushes!  Lots of nice color on these.
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