When is a Monoprint Not a Monoprint?

Gelli Print Monotype

I’ll bet I know an art word that most stampers (including myself) have been using incorrectly for years. In fact, just as late as the most recent eArticle, I used the term “monoprint” to describe a technique that involves scribbling watercolor crayons onto a craft sheet, wetting them and pressing paper onto the color to transfer the design to paper. But today I learned that isn’t really a monoprint! It’s actually a monotype. Do you know the difference?

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Card Using Rollagraph Serendipity Background

Rollagraph Background Card

This card uses a portion of one of the backgrounds I made for my 6/25/13 blog post on Rollagraph Serendipity backgrounds. The Local Produce stamp is from Impression Obsession. (I stamped it on watercolor paper in black Ranger Archival ink and then colored it in with Prismacolor pencils.) The branches image used for the background is one of Clearsnap’s Rollagraph wheels.

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Rollagraph Serendipity Backgrounds

Rollagraph Serendipity Backgrounds

For the past week, I’ve been working in my stamping area, tearing up grungy old carpet, moving around heavy stamp and craft storage units and generally making a mess. But in the process, I pulled everything out of several storage areas and found a box full of Rollagraph wheels, ink cartridges and handles.

It’s been a while since I’ve used them, mostly because I haven’t been storing them with the rest of my stamps so when I’m browsing my stamps for a project, I forget about them (something I have corrected in my reorganization.)

I also was straightening up some scrap paper and it occurred to me that the Rollagraph wheels would be handy for turning odds and ends of left-over papers into useable background papers.

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