Monoprinting is the simplest form of direct printing that can be introduced to children
- It is absolutely essential for the success of the process to use a very small amount of ink. So pupils must test the surface with a sheet of newspaper, ensuring that no ink adheres to it unless pressure is applied, before the finished drawing is attempted. This is particularly important where a half completed drawing is put onto the plate as too much ink on the second plate will obliterate the first coloured drawing.
- For this process good quality water based inks and proper rollers are essential. It will not work well with ordinary paint as this will dry too quickly.
- It is possible to combine this process with simpler monoprinting by taking a monoprint that has been produced by the simpler process and, using the method described, drawing on top of it. The simpler process cannot be done after this more complicated process as it will obliterate the drawing.
- Some initial practice in the types of effects that can be gained by using different drawing tools is desirable, as this will extend pupils' understanding of graphic materials.