Easy Monotype Prints with Rubber Stamps and Plastic Storage Bags

Monotype printing is a single-print technique where you can get a lot of neat effects and make papers for collage, card making, and scrapbooking.  What I like about the technique the way I’ll show you here is how inexpensive it is, and how you can use rubber stamps you already have.

To start you’ll need a few supplies:

  • a few thick / stiff plastic sandwich bags (quart-size Ziplock storage or freezer bags work well)
  • some tubes of acrylic paint
  • cards or paper you want to print onto
  • a brayer (rubber roller)
  • a tray for the paint (I’m using a plastic storage container, you could also use another plastic bag)
  • stamp pad cleaner (paint pads work well)
  • rubber stamp(s) – I’m using Butterfly by Nature’s Blessings Fine Art Stamps

Nature's Blessings Fine Art Stamps

Start by squeezing a dime-sized blob of paint into your plastic container, then roll the brayer over it until you get good, even coverage. Then roll the brayer back and forth over one side of a plastic bag. You want the coverage to be opaque, but not too goopy or thick.

Nature's Blessings Fine Art Stamps
Next, take your stamp, and press it onto the painted surface of the plastic bag. You can even wiggle it around a bit to make sure you get a good image. Then holding the bag, pull up the stamp and rub it on the stamp cleaning pad to get rid of the paint on the surface of the stamp. You will see that you have left a negative image in the paint on the bag. Do this several times again, quickly, before the paint gets too dry.

Nature's Blessings Fine Art Stamps

Place your piece of paper or card stock on the plastic bag, and rub it with your finger to get a good transfer of the ink from the bag to the paper. Then, holding the bag, gently peel back your paper and see your unique print! I find that one application of paint is good for about one card, but you can re-ink the bag with the same color and do another print.

A few tips: if the paint is too dry it your paper may stick to it when you try to pull it off. If you aim for opaque coverage, you should be fine. If you get too much paint on the bag, your images will be less distinct. This is fine, and looks kind of cool. Just let that layer dry, and then you can stamp over the top in a contrasting color.  Also, you can try mixing a couple shades of paint, blending them in the plastic container before you roll it on the bag. This produces some really neat effects. Experiment and have fun!

Nature's Blessings Fine Art Stamps

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