Have you ever made monoprints with stencils?  There are loads of ways to do this. My favorite is with paint and a Gelli Plate.

Monoprints with Stencils Tutorial - Marjie Kemper - Art Journal

Monoprint with Stencils

Monoprints with Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

I started out with DecoArt fluid acrylics and squeezed dots of a few colors on my plate. I chose Phthalo Turquoise, Green Gold, and Titan Buff.

Monoprints with Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

A little goes a long way with the paint.  Work the brayer gently in all directions to mix the paint:

Monoprints with Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

Lay a stencil on the wet paint and place a piece of deli paper on it.  You can also use inexpensive printer paper to make monoprints with stencils. I prefer deli paper, but you may also like using old book pages, magazine tears, etc. Anything goes! Run the brayer all over the paper to transfer the paint onto your deli paper.

Monoprints with Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

Aren't these prints fabulous? I love the grid on the left, but I adore the reverse print on the right.

Monoprints with Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

I glued the print on the right into my art journal with matte medium.

Monoprints with Stencils (Marjie Kemper)

It gave me a nice start as a background.  I then did a bit of stamping in ink, followed by stenciling with black paint:

Monoprints with Stencils in my art journal (Marjie Kemper)

The fellow is from Andy Skinner (DecoArt) and the words are from Carolyn Dube (StencilGirl Products). The squares are from one of MaryBeth Shaw's Grid stencils (MB is StencilGirl, herself).

Monoprints with Stencils in my art journal (Marjie Kemper)

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  1. Chrissy on December 12, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    When I first started trying to use stencils I was frustrated because I thought it was supposed to look perfect! I realize now that the imperfection is what makes them unique. particularly in a mixed media piece. I wish I still had all the stencils I gave away because I thought I was using them wrong!

    • Marjie Kemper on December 12, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Chrissy. I hope you have some fun with stencils again, without any pressure for perfection.

  2. Kay Wallace on December 11, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    I not only love the art, I love the message!

  3. Anne R on December 11, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Loving the colours Marjie, that green gold is beautiful. Great choice of stamps and stencils too, your page is quite uplifting! Anne x

    • Marjie Kemper on December 11, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks, Anne! I think Green Gold is my all time favorite paint color.

  4. Gigi Black on December 11, 2016 at 1:32 am

    I like the way this turned out. Will you tell me what brand of deli paper you use? I bought some Kabnet Wax from Costco and it turned out to have some very light gray stripes on the paper. Very disappointing. I want something that is just white.

  5. butterfly on December 10, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Love this – great colour combination, and I love both the print and the negative. Fab choice of stamps and stencils over the top too. I’m always meaning to get my gelli plate out and play – one of these days it will happen!
    Alison x

    • Marjie Kemper on December 11, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks so much, Alison. I had fun with this one. Pull out that GP when you have time! ;-)