Make a monoprint the easy way

In art a monotype or monoprint is a print taken from oil paint, or ink on glass or metal

Making felt tip pens monotypes is an easy and fast way to make a drawing from a picture, and you can do it by using materials you most likely already have at home.

To make a monoprint, you will need:

  • A sheet of glass, or Plexiglas
  • Washable felt tip pens
  • printing paper
  • Water spray bottle
  • Tissue paper
  • fineliners, pastels, etc… to add details to your drawing
  • A reference picture that you printed preferably to at least a 8-10 inches size.

Here is how to make a simple monoprint

Place a sheet of Plexiglas or glass over your photo and start by delimiting the edges of your print. To participate in the Big Picture, you will need a square drawing. You could also make a rectangular drawing and crop it to a square format later.

If the ink from your felt has trouble staying on the glass or Plexiglas, you can try to rinse your Plexiglas or glass with soapy water.

Using a washable felt, draw over your picture directly on the Plexiglas, choosing what you will want to keep in your print and what you will want to leave. This technique is not as precise as a drawing so you might have to simplify a bit the design.

You will have the opportunity to add more details after the print has been done, directly on your paper.

Depending on your reference picture, you can use cross hatching or stripes to represent light grey, for example in a background.

Once you are done, wet a piece of printing paper or watercolor paper with a spray bottle.

You want the paper to be damp but not too wet, take off the extra moisture with a paper towel.

Then apply that damp paper on top of the Plexiglas.

Press lightly with your fingers, being careful not to move the paper.

Then gently pull off the paper from the Plexiglas. Let the paper dry.

Sometimes, you have enough ink left on the Plexiglas to make a second print.

Once the paper has time to dry, you can use fine liners to add details to your print.

You can also use pastels or Art Stix, colored pencils….

The finished drawing by Sophie Babeanu.

Here are a few drawings done with this technique

Once your drawing is done, scan it or take a picture and upload it here

 

 

There is now an easy way to share your drawings on Facebook

We made it easy for you to share your Big Picture participation on Social media.
It now takes just 2 easy steps:

Step 1: Find your drawing

On the “See the Big Picture ” page:

  • Type your name in the search box
  • Click on search
  • Select one of the results under the search box
  • Wait for the zoom, until you can see your drawing full size on the Big Picture
  • Click on “Share this drawing on social media”

Step 2: Share it on social media

  • Choose the social media you want to use by clicking on the icons
  • If you don’t see the picture on the Facebook page, just refresh the page and you will see it.

That’s it!

We will be at the Pipe shop in North Vancouver this Friday from 8 pm to 10 pm

Sophie and I will be at the night market in the pipe shop this coming Friday June 9 from 8 pm to 10 pm, organizing an activity with the North Vancouver Community Arts Council with everything you need to make a drawing to participate in the Big Picture.

Come see us and make a self portrait or a drawing with an easy monoprint technique, everyone can do it!

 

 

10 more days to enter our giveaway

On June 14th we will select 5 of the most interesting contributions to the Big Picture for our first giveaway and they will win prizes by our sponsors:

 

  • 2 pan pastels sets with 5 colors of your choice, a tray and a soft tools starter set
  • 1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 5.5 x 8.5 and a Copic Multiliner set of inking pens
  • 1 Strathmore Vision sketchbook 7 x 10 and 1 Copic Multiliner set of inking pens
  • 1 Speedball Sketching Artist Set

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures
Good luck !

 

Upload your picture here

The Big Picture Art Project : May 2017 pics of the month

We are picking up speed, it is nice to see the Big Picture growing in front of our eyes!

Here is a selection of some of the drawings uploaded this month, those drawings have been chosen to showcase the diversity of the participations.

Click on any picture to see it on the Big Picture and read the caption:

 

Stephanie Burgee
United States
(English)
Anna Sophie Ruju
Peru
(English)

PJ Preston
UK
(English)
Shannon Porter
USA
(English)

Huy Nguyễn
Vietnam
(English)

Carlos Granja
USA
(English)

Patricia Lortie
Canada
(English)

Yvania Amrbozino
Brazil
(English)

Margot Snelder 
France
(English)

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures, so feel free to upload more if you are under the 4 pictures limit.

Good news!

We are collaborating with Copic markers, Starthmore papers, Panpastels and Speeball to offer prizes to the most interesting participations. If you already submitted a drawing, you are automatically entered to win a prize.
If you haven’t submitted a drawing yet, the deadline to win a prize is June 14 th.

The big Picture: April 2017 picks of the month

 

April was the start of our project, a big thank you to all the artists who participated so far!

Here is a selection of some of the drawings uploaded this month, those drawings have been chosen to showcase the diversity of the participations.

Click on any picture to see it on the Big Picture and read the caption:

Each participant can upload up to 4 pictures, so feel free to upload more if you are under the 4 pictures limit.

You might want to watch this video if you would like to share your picture on Facebook. We are also sharing 2 pictures a day on our social media feeds: