Monoprinting on Fabric

Why it’s awesome:

This non-repeatable technique is not only fun but it creates interesting and abstract designs, too. But, be prepared to get a little messy and gather as many supplies as you can get your hands on!

The more you experiment with this technique the better the results, nothing is off limits when you monoprint.

Supplies:

  • Fabric: synthetic or natural
  • Fabric ink and dye- Appropriate to fiber content of fabric.
  • Freezer paper
  • Tools for moving dye around: straw, plastic fork and spoons, paintbrushes, toothpicks, comb
  • Plastic gloves
  • Foam core board
  • Pushpins

The process:

  1. Lay out a piece of freezer and secure it, shiny side up, to a foam core board using push pins.
  2. Apply some dye and ink to the freezer paper
  3. Move the dye around the freezer paper to create an interesting design.
  4. Lay a piece of fabric onto the design you just created and press down lightly.
  5. Slowly and carefully pull the fabric off of the freezer paper.
  6. Allow the fabric to dry completely and then iron on high heat to set the dye.

 

Check out this video to see a quick tutorial or click here to visit my online course for more monoprinting examples and to see additional fabric printing techniques.

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