Picturesque Prints

Picturesque Prints

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Create your own monoprint inspired by the work of Harry Bertoia

Grab your materials: wooden blocks, cardboard, paper towel rolls apples, potatoes, and celery work as material to create your stamp! Be creative! Use kid-friendly paints, stamp pads, or markers on your stamp and start printing!

Share your monoprint on social media with #CREATEwithCAM.

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Harry Bertoia is an Italian-born artist who excelled in many disciplines. He is well known for designing a collection of wire chair collection for Knoll Inc. He created over 50 public art pieces, developed Soundambient sculptures, crafted unique modern jewelry, and used color to make monoprints with a uniquely layered depth.

He developed his printmaking style while he was here in Michigan at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. When he sent a large number of prints to the Guggenheim Museum of Non-Objective Art for review and critique, they were purchased in total for their collection by Hilla Rebay, who helped found and was the museum’s first director. This marked a significant turning point in Bertoia’s recognition in the international art community.

See more of Bertoia’s monoprints from The Harry Bertoia Foundation.

Sample Materials for Creating Your Monoprint. Objects to use as stamps, paint, brushes, paper.

Stamping process. Use brushes to control the amount of paint applied to your stamp object.

Final monoprint example. What will your final monoprint look like?