Friday, March 07, 2014

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge Monoprinting With Acrylic Blocks

Welcome to my first post as part of the Craft Stamper Make It, Take It Challenge design team!!

The Make It, Take It Challenge is now on the first Friday of each month, and the theme for March is Monoprinting With Acrylic Blocks.  I've done monoprinting with a Gelli plate, so I was interested to compare the two methods.  The main difference is that there is no "give" with acrylic blocks so it's not easy to use a stencil and get a clean impression, but you can still get some lovely layered paint effects with little effort.

All you need is acrylic paint (cheap is fine), an acrylic block and a brayer.  There are different styles of brayer and I prefer to use the ones that can rest on their frame so that the roller isn't touching anything when you're not using it.

Squirt a few colours of acrylic paint onto your block.  I used blue, green, purple and an enormous blob of white (oops!) so I just grabbed another block, brayered the excess paint onto that and made two monoprint pieces.

Press some card down onto the acrylic block then peel off, and some of the paint will have transferred onto your card.  You can add more layers of colour by repeating the process. I added a bit more green and white for a second print.

Once it's dry, trim your card then it's ready to stamp onto.  Here's another view:

I'll be back next Friday with more on monoprinting with acrylic blocks.  In the meantime, why not have a go and link up to the challenge?

Sentiment: Winnie & Walter The Big, The Bold and The Happy
Grunge Background: Magenta
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Industrious Stickers


  1. Looks great and looks like fun. Have to join you this month.

  2. Love this! The colours are lovely, the texture and grunge finish, just super. And I do like the metallic trim. Fab card!

  3. Wow, beautiful colors! With monoprinting you have created artsy background for card, loved it!
    I am inspired and would like to participate in the challenge at Craft Stamper

  4. Love the effect you came up with. Really stands out. Nice.

  5. This is so cool. It's looks like so much fun. I must try it.

  6. Beautiful colors, I especially love the metal accents!

  7. Love your card Shirley and the metal trims finish it just beautifully!

  8. Hi Shirley...great design! And so much depth!
    Dot x

  9. This looks like so much messy fun, Shirley ... love the colours and the touches of metal at the edges! Anita :)

  10. This is gorgeous Shirley I love the colours that you've used. Having an afternoon of play time here, fingers crossed lol. Elizabeth xxx

  11. Love this .... great colours and so much detail. xx

  12. Congrats on your your 1st card for Craft Stamper. I love the arty design and the great touch with the embellishments