Saturday, March 2, 2013


Make a painting that's also a monoprint.

It's fun, and the results are really cool.

    • Paintbrushes
    • Acrylic paint
    • Clear acetate sheet, glossy
    • Polymer medium or soft gel
    • Receiving surface (paper or canvas)

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      Even a plastic page protector will do!
    FIRST, paint the acetate as desired. You can roller some paint onto it, brush the paint on, stamp designs onto it, whatever you like! You can even scratch some of the paint off if you want. Permanent markers can be used, too.
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    I used a brayer to apply paint to the plastic, too!
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    Even the permanent marker will transfer later!
    Here I began creating a simple, non-objective design as a background on the plastic sheet.
    NOTE: whatever you paint will be reversed later, so names, words, or most numbers would be backwards in the finished piece.
    THEN let the acrylic paint dry.

    NEXT, brush clear acrylic medium or gel onto the receiving surface. (I used heavy paper.) Before it can dry, lay the acetate, painted side down, onto the wet surface. Smooth it down thoroughly. Let dry overnight.
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    I used matte medium, but the acetate imparted a nice high-shine gloss to the finished painting!
    GENTLY peel the acetate off and you'll be delighted that the paint design has now transferred to the surface.
     Be aware that, as with most types of transfers, bits of the original design may not re-locate. You may wish to repeat the process with new elements and layer them onto the previous, dry design, as I did in the completed work below.
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    This finished non-objective painting was done with two layers (using the acetate transfer method twice).

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  1. This looks like a fun technique! Thanks for sharing it.

  2. Thanks so much for this great tip. Will definitely use!!

  3. What fun! I'm in the middle of moving to a new apartment this month; but I can't wait to try this. Thank you!

  4. This sounds like an amazingly simple transfer technique that creates interesting surfaces. I already use transfers as a substrate for further paint and collage work. I'm adding this one to my bag of 'tricks'! Thanks for sharing!

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