Thursday, July 3, 2014

Monoprinting Madness!

I had so much fun with this creative prompt that I forgot to take pictures, yesterday! I bet you know how that is...I don't like having to stop in the middle of my flow to document my progress.

Sometimes, I wish I could *blink* my eyes to take a photo...if only it was that easy!

These monoprints were created using pages from a phone book and acrylic paints on a homemade gelli plate and file folder. 

Do you recognize any of the tools I used here? ( HINT: I showed them off in yesterday's prompt... )
Monoprint of circles, by Martice Smith II
I LOVE grungy textures!! I like the repetition of circles and the positive and negative shapes from my punchinella stencil.
In the next monoprint, I used a technique called "sgraffito"...it's one of my favorite ways to bring focus to my handwriting.

The first layer of acrylic paint is Pthalo blue. The second layer is Primary Yellow and the final layer is white tempera paint. (Each layer was nearly dry before adding the next. I like when the colors blend! That's how that fresh green color was created.)

I used an angled end of a paintbrush to scratch into the wet paint. The Pthalo blue paint is revealed through the white paint. This technique is called "sgraffito".
Monoprint of "Seal Your Destiny with FAITH", by Martice Smith II
"Seal Your Destiny with FAITH"

detail of "Seal Your Destiny with FAITH", Martice Smith II
detail of "Seal Your Destiny with FAITH". Look at those subtle shifts in color!

My next monoprint happened COMPLETELY by accident! I discovered a new way to use the sgraffito technique as a stamping technique as well. Serendipitous!! Here's what happened: 

I was doing the sgraffito technique that I just explained, above, and I set my print down by a fan. The wind blew the page across the floor and it landed (painted side down) on top of another sheet of paper. 

At first, I was irritated because I thought my sgraffito had been ruined. BUT, when I pulled the two sheets of paper apart, I could see that my handwriting created a "negative image" (or outline)!!!! I WAS IN LOVE!!   

Monoprint of sgraffito stamping technique, by Martice Smith II
my "happy accident"; I created a new way to use sgraffito as a stamping technique!

Monoprint of sgraffito stamping technique, by Martice Smith II

Aww man, monoprinting madness has set in!! You know I had to make a few more, right?  :)

For the next monoprint, I used brown kraft paper, some vintage lace, and Krylon spray paints. ( the blue one is another example of the sgraffito technique )

Monoprint of sgraffito and vintage lace, by Martice Smith II
I used the lace as a stencil for the monoprint on the left. The monoprint on the right reads "Yes, Your Story Matters"
(Side note: this post has been added to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #2: Around the House)


Thanks for looking! Day 3: Hot Glue Stencil is up next...

Martice Smith II - Illustrator

12 comments:

  1. Love visiting your page and all the beautifull altered phonebook pages you produced!! Gotta try this.. MUST PIN!! :)

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    1. What's up, Tamiko! So glad to see you stop by my spot and leave some comment love...hope you keep in touch. Thank you so much for sharing on Pinterest, too! Ahhh! You're so kind ;)

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  2. Love how you used a phone book and file folder! These prints look awesome! Thanks for joining us at The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.

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    1. Thank you very much and you're welcome, Donna!

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  3. a very happy accident indeed! they look beautiful! Thank you so much for playing Around the House with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!
    -Rachel
    rwkrafts.com

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  4. LOVE the lettering! Word art!!!

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    1. Lalo!! Thank you, I can't get enough of it, either. It's my thang ;)

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  5. Fabulous technique, and prints. Cant wait to try this!

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    1. Hi Tameko! Thanks for visiting :) Yes, please try this technique- it gives a slightly different result each time, depending on what kind of mark-making tool(s) you're using. Have fun and if you want to share a link to your creation, please do so!

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  6. This is fantastic! i love your creative energy. Beautiful! Thanks for playing with Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!

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    1. Thank you and you're welcome, Melanie! I plan on participating with MMMC more often :) You ladies are a great bunch to hang with!

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