As part of the third class on monoprinting I introduced using black ink. Up until then the ink choices had only been color because I did not want their prints to get too murky, but for this method black was important. The students spread out the black ink on the plexi-plates and used tools to clear ink away in selected areas. The areas corresponded to their sketched ideas. Then they pulled black and white prints (no color yet). Once those prints had time to dry a little, they added color to them in selective areas to create either representational or abstracted imagery. Some students tried doing this by "eye-balling" where the color should be placed on the plexi so that it would show up in the appropriate area of the print. Others were very methodical and placed the black and white print upside down under the plexi so they could still see it faintly through the back of the paper. This allowed them to use more control and precision when applying the ink for the color areas. And there were also students who layered the color ink over the black ink. So many options became available the more they experimented.
As always, there were so many prints when the class was over. Here is a small selection: