Today I decided to prepare a spread in my GPP journal in anticipation of creating monoprints for this crusade. I ended up making my first print for the challenge. Go to the link to read more about pulling prints.
This post features a variation on the technique that Michelle Ward describes.
I decided to create a journal featuring GPP crusades this year. I used Fabriano cold pressed watercolor paper which is very textured and will make a sturdy journal when I bind it.
But back to the monoprint. Instead of putting paint on a hard surface, I used a palette knife to smear the paint around one half of my journal spread. Then I folded the spread in half so the "clean" side would press against the wet paint. I used a cloth to rub on the paper and press the pages together.
The next step was to lay three plastic canvas circles on the painted half after giving the page a light misting of water. I folded the pages together again and rubbed the paper firmly. I was very pleased with the results. My original intention was to use this as a background that I would adhere pulled prints on. I don't want to cover up all this delicious color and texture. Plan B will be executed when I have a bit of time... Enjoy these lovely close-ups from my spread.
Only Liquitex acrylic paint colors were used: Ultramarine Blue, Cadmium Red Light, Acra Gold Deep & maybe a bit of Titanium White.
Paint applied thinly on the textured surface creates wonderful abstract designs.
You can see the mark the plastic canvas circle formed when I pressed the wet layers of paint and paper together.