Mono Prints


A single print taken from a design created in oil paint or printing ink. Unlike most printmaking techniques, with mono printing the final product can only be made once this makes each one unique.


  • Inks
  • Acetate Sheet
  • Roller
  • Newspaper
  • Apron
  • Image/Reference/sketchbook
  • Drying Rack
  • Mark Making Tools – Pen/Pencil/Brushes etc

Health and safety

  • Wear an apron to avoid contact with ink, it can stain clothes and hands.
  • Make sure you thoroughly clean your roller, plastic sheet and area that you have worked in, other people may need to use a different colour, if there is a little bit of black on your roller you will ruin their prints.
  • Remove all hand jewelry as it may make unwanted marks on your print
  • Tie long hair up to keep out of the way and so it doesn’t get caught in the press.
  • Tuck all belongings under desks








I have done mono printing before in my GCSE work and we had a workshop in our previous Identity project, so therefore I felt I was very confident and was free to experiment more in this media. Doing this I used a variety of different surfaces, however, kept a plain, minimalistic, earthy theme throughout. The surfaces I used were: Tracing paper, Tissue paper, Card and Masking tape. All of the surfaces gave a very distinct look and worked for example the tracing paper printed unclear and smuggled and the ink soaked into the crests but this turned out to look really effective. I chose a variety of native animals such as bees, beetles, hares, fish etc.




I also chose three pictures of vibrant, exotic beetles. I printed these onto plane pieces of paper with a colorful strip of tissue paper outlining the vibrant body of the beetle. I then cut out the patten of the beetle shell and stuck black paper behind. The contrast between the colours and black worked really well and showed the vibrant, vivid pattens of the beetles.

Whilst printing I may have lent on the paper or left to much ink on the surface this gave a smushed, mucky look on my print. However I felt the effect of this was successful and added to the natural, earthy theme.

  1. Before we began we created a few surfaces to print onto. We got a chance to experiment and try different materials e.g tracing paper, card, tissue paper.

img_30182) Prepare your desktop by securing your acetate sheet down with tape and gathering all the equipment you need.

img_30193) Apply a small amount of ink to the plate and roll out evenly to create a thin layer that covers the plate.

img_30214) Take some newspaper/newsprint and place it onto your plate, rub with your hand, this is to take off any excess ink.

5) Place the paper over the inked plate. Be careful not to touch the paper as this will transfer ink onto the page. Using a biro or a sharp pencil draw on the back of the paper your chosen design. By gently rubbing areas of the page you can also transfer ink onto the paper. Once you have finished your design careful lift off the paper to reveal your print.

Overall I feel most of my prints turned out really well. My favorites are the three of the beetles. They are really simple and the print is clear. I world like to work back into them even more, maybe adding pattern.


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