Monoprinting with Foil
Students will learn how to make monoprints using aluminum foil.
By Stacey Glover [Stacey is a teacher at Euper Lane Elementary in Fort Smith, AR]
Monoprinting is a process whereby only one print is pulled from the printing plate.
What You Need:
- tempera paint
- brushes (any size will do but the larger the better)
- 12×18 white paper
- paper plates
What You Do:
- Have foil precut down into sheets a little bigger than the paper you will be using.
- Students then paint a picture quickly onto the foil making sure the paint application is thick so that it does not dry too quickly.
- When design is complete, place paper on top of paint and pat or gently rub on back of paper to get the paint to adhere to the paper.
- The result is a monoprint.
Note from Stacey: This can be modified for any grade level. I have done this with my severely disabled students. We changed it by having them only use two colors (primary colors), the result of course making a secondary color and not resulting in a puddle of mud. As an option, after the student has painted the entire piece of foil, place their hands onto the paint for a handprint. Then repeat paper application as done above remove to reveal the masterpiece. You can also randomly paint and then have the kids use their fingers to draw a picture in the paint.