Sharpie Art. That is what I am calling it. This is a fun and simple technique that you can use to create some cool backgrounds for your art work. You only need a few tools and the process is a lot like mono printing.
You will need: sharpie markers, a glass mat, a spray bottle and card stock or watercolor paper. I also used a few shipping tags. You will also need some isopropyl alcohol. I used what I had on hand, which was like the one pictured in the link above- a 70% grade, and it worked great. I just poured some into the plastic spray bottle before I began.
1. Draw, sketch or write on a glass mat and then spritz your design with the alcohol. I recommend doing this outdoors or in a well ventilated area as the alcohol fumes can get overwhelming.
2. Quickly pull your print while the mist is still wet. *NOTE: too much spray can cause a lot of bleeding when your pull your print, so it may take a few tries to get the right degree of spray* (I let my prints dry in the sun so they didn't smell up the studio)
You can create multiple pulls on one page just as you would with a printing plate and paint. The flowers in the top right of the photo above are a ghost print of the original pull at the center of the page.
While some of these prints had a lot of bleeding, I love how they look and think they will make some interesting backgrounds for my artwork.
I love how interesting and unique each print is...just like in mono printing with paint. I can't wait to do more of these. Enjoy!