Monoprinting is a fascinating and enjoyable
oil painting technique. Monoprinting is a cross between
painting and print making. Monoprinting has been a technique
widely used in oil painting since early 1900s.
There are two basic
The first of the two monoprinting techniques
is done on a sheet of glass or other non-absorbant surface. A
piece of paper is laid over the oil painting and gently rubbed
with a roller or your hand. The paper is then carefully
removed. The result of this monoprinting technique is your will
see a 'printed' version of the original oil painting.
If the oil paint artist is satisfied with
the result, the monoprinting oil paint can be left as is. If
the oil paint artist is not satisfied, the monoprinting can be
left to dry and then worked on with more oil paint or oil
The second monoprinting technique
involves covering the whole of the glass slab with an even
layer of oil paint. Then leave it to become tacky and then
placing paper on the top of the oil painting as with the first
The design in this monoprinting technique is
made by drawing on the back of the paper so that
selective pressure is applied and only the draw lines will
Both monoprinting techniques involve trial
and error factor to get the right consistency of oil paint.
That makes monoprinting techniques exciting.