Art Group Monoprinting

After this, I only have one more Art Group for the “season.”  I only do them during the warm months since kids don’t have any fun standing out in the cold with wet paint!

This month we did monoprinting, which was actually quite a bit of fun and super easy to set up.



Little rollers (you can buy these at Home Depot and save them for some other projects)

White Cardstock Paper

Piece of cardboard cut to the size of the paper

Q Tips


1. Paint on the cardboard with the rollers and then let the kids use QTips to draw something or write something.

2. Then place the paper on top of the cardboard and press down all over the top to make sure the paint ends up “monoprinting” onto the white paper.

3. Peel back the paper and let dry.

Ok, so two problems I had. You have to layer on the paint thicker than you think because in the heat it dries fast and the kids want time to write on it.  Also!  The cardboard gave the monoprints ridges…I wonder what other material you could use in its place?  Let me know if you have an idea!

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8 Responses to “Art Group Monoprinting”

  • evonne
    September 8th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    We did this at the Fine Arts Museum.

    You could do plexi glass, but I don’t know if the edges would be sharp. Or you could use that white card board…I don’t know what it’s called.

  • sarah may
    September 8th, 2010 at 2:46 am

    foam board would probably work well.

  • Steph
    September 8th, 2010 at 3:24 am

    HOW FUN!

    I seriously need to volunteer at your art group.

  • Tauni
    September 8th, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Looks like so much fun! Wish (and I never thought I would say this) I lived “out there” with all of you so that I could participate :)

    You’re a great mom.

  • Robyn
    September 8th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    What about styrofoam meat trays? You could even just use a thick plastic sheet like you use for transparencies (with overhead projectors), Mylar works great for monoprints. You could also try the slick side of freezer paper-taped down to a surface. Just a few ideas for you.:)

  • Rose
    September 8th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I kind of like the texture the cardboard gave it :D

  • Quinn
    September 8th, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I love your art group idea! Fabulous!

  • Sarah
    September 10th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    When I was little we made big “drawing boards” out of 2 pieces of poster board paper (or 1 folded in half for a smaller “board”) put about 1/2 inch of newspapers layed flat inside, punched the edges and “sewed” it shut with wool. We could put paper on it and draw anywhere and never got lines.
    This would definitely work for this project but would be lots of work and you would just have to throw it out in the end.
    I agree with Rose, I like the texture I bet it would look cool using plywood too.

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