Monoprinting With GOLDEN OPEN Acrylics featuring Patti Brady

Monoprinting With GOLDEN OPEN Acrylics featuring Patti Brady


Welcom to GOLDEN Artist Colors, I am Patti Brady. Today I am going to show you a very simple monoprinting process. Typically, in professional-grade print studios, expensive presses, technical expertise and oil-based inks are necessary… also the use of mineral spirits. But today we’re going to use an acrylic called “OPEN” for monoprinting. OPEN stays wet for an extended period of time, allowing us to work in very thin layers on
our plate, also it’s great for water clean-up, which allows us to be able to use this in our own studio without expensive equipment. I’ve begun by using a piece of freezer paper and taping it down to the table. I’ve made registration marks: outside corners are for the placement of my
paper, inside for the placement of the plate… and this is really important when you want to do multiple color passes. Now I am going to take my printmaking paper, lay it down inside the registration marks, and tape it with a low-tack tape on one side,
creating a hinge. Now I am going to roll out the OPEN, this is the Manganese Blue. I am just going to squeeze it out on a high-density, polyethylene [HDPE] plate and use my roller to roll it out into a thin,
even surface. Then, I am going to take my plate and apply the OPEN directly to the printing plate. Now I am going to use several different tools for subtractive processes on this plate. Now I am going to take my plate, put it in my registration marks, flip my paper over, and rub the back of my
paper. OK, so now I am going to do a second plate. I am going to actually paint, use the brush, to add color directly to the plate. So now I am going to take our second plate, place it back into the registration marks, flip our paper down and apply pressure again… and now we have a two-pass print. One variation is to take the plate, and paint
it. I used Diarylide Yellow for this one, it’s dry now and I am going to roll it out
with Carbon Black OPEN. We’re going to do a different kind of subtractive surface. I am going to put this plate under the paper, and I am going to subtract by drawing on the
back of the paper. Now you can see that we’ve created a print
in the reverse, we have remaining paint on our plate. When this paint dries on the panel, we can now continue to create a painting. There are unlimited ways to use this technique, and I am hoping we encouraged you to try some of these things at home.

30 thoughts on “Monoprinting With GOLDEN OPEN Acrylics featuring Patti Brady”

  1. I was a screen printer for most of my life and have tried to use my knowledge at home, but this seems to have made printing at home easier…thanks for the tip

  2. @mbschiros – either a small piece of tempered glass or hard acrylic will work.It needs to be rigid, and easily cleaned if you want to use it often (that make glass the best choice)

  3. thanks for the quick reply, have a set of open and just wasn't sure what to do with them…well now I know, off to do some mono prints:)

  4. @MrWopwink – An acrylic sheet (Plastic plate) as the printing plate is used because it is non porous and the paint doesn't stain it during the monoprinting process. Some artists will use glass for this plate instead of plastic. The plate gives long working time and the paint can be completely wiped off.

  5. @subgirl – You do not have to wet the paper, but you certainly can do so. I prefer to have the paper be just slightly damp to help the paint wick into the surface. It is more necessary to do this with non-OPEN products.

  6. Just want to say that we LOVE using the Golden Open Acrylics for monoprinting on the Gelli Arts gel printing plates. The Open Acrylics work beautifully and we recommend them often. Great tutorial!

  7. Thanks so much! You have really encouraged me…great tutorial so clear to understand. Anxious to watch more like this. How long does it take the paint to completely dry on the paper and what type paper do you suggest for monoprints?

  8. Hi Take5Geri, Glad you liked the video. Drying on the paper is fairly quick. Depending on temperature in the room, maybe 30 minutes. I love expensive French Printmaking Papers, Arches 88 is great, but don't let that hold you back..many Japanese papers will work, sometimes called Rice Paper..not rice involved. Try the new Gelli plates too. They are amazing with the OPEN.

  9. I've been back a few times to view this video and each time something pops in my mind and I understand it more thoroughly. I had some paper but did not know what type it was and decided to gesso the paper and let it dry then went on with the suggested printmaking process and was very happy with the fine textured results. Passing this on for readers to try.

  10. Not sure what she means at the very last bit when she says when it dries on the plate we can continue to create a painting. I thought the painting was the print not the plate. I'm just dumb.

  11. That is what I want to know too. How much do you bet we shall never get to know the answer to your/our question !!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Sorry this has been out there for a month… Patti is very approachable, but I'll admit that she doesn't regularly check the discussions in YouTube. The last comment about "continue to create a painting" is just to suggest that you can make a painting of the panel itself. The underpainting in yellow was dry, so the black was a layer on the panel as well as an offset color to paper (using the subtractive technique she demonstrated)

  13. If you have a question like this (or a completely different question) you should feel free to call or e-mail GOLDEN technical support. Contact information for our technical support is at the end of almost every video.

  14. Hi, Patti. FUN, and I just ordered them. But is there a reason you don't want to make a Gelli Plate, other than it is a different product? Tommy

  15. Is it possible to add water of retarder to regular acrylic paint for this purpose. I never knew what open acrylic was used for . Also can you use open acrylics on Gelli plate ? I am so excited to try this . Thank you so much ๐Ÿ˜Š

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