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Four-Color Monoprint - Project #100

Time: 1 Class Period
Difficulty: Moderate
Cleanup:Soap & Water

Project Kit (see Products Used below steps)
Scissors (optional)

Materials needed if not using Project Kit:
Block Printing Ink in Black, Magenta, Turquoise and Yellow
4x6" Linoleum Blocks
Block Printing Paper
Mixing Trays
Scissors (optional)
View Project Video
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Here's a different way to use linoleum blocks! Create 4-color monoprints using a brayer, block ink and more. This project also has an instructional video available!


  • Step 1
    You will need one brayer, one mixing tray and one linoleum block for each color. Apply a generous dab of printing ink to a plastic mixing tray and roll ink onto a brayer. Using the inked brayer, cover one entire 4x6" linoleum block with ink.
  • Step 2
    Tear or cut out a 6x8" sheet of Speedball Black Ink Fine Printmaking Paper. Place the inked block on top of the paper.
  • Step 3
    Holding the sides of the block, flip the block over with the paper still attached.  Draw on the paper using your finger, a blunt modeling tool or the handle end of a paint brush.
  • Step 4
    Repeat steps 1-3 with each additional color.  Ensure accurate color registration by aligning the inked block on the paper, pressing down lightly and flipping it over to print additional colors. 

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