Juice Box Printing: Monotypes from Recycled Materials

“Years ago, when I was unable to go to my studio because I was recovering from surgery, I realized that the inner material of a juice box could be a good surface for printing. This printing process is quick, simple to learn and to make, sustainable, and the finished print can be an unforgettable gift for a dear friend. With only a few juice boxes, leafy branches, printing ink, brayers, and printing paper, it is possible to make wonderful prints.” – Rosane Viegas

Project Details

Artist: Rosane Viegas

Instructions: The instructions for this project can be found in the Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.

Techniques included in this project: Monoprinting with recycled materials, blending printing inks, printing with leaves, and printing without a press.


  • Aseptic packages with metallic interiors, such as juice boxes, in a variety of sizes
    • NOTE: The packaging can be cut into shapes for different effects.
  • Craft knife and scissors
  • Spray bottle with water
  • Towel
  • Papers for printing (I used Lana paper, size A4, but any printing paper will do.)
  • Metal-edge ruler
  • Pencil
  • Kraft paper (I used size A3, which is approximately 12″ x 17″.)
  • Protected work surface (I used newspaper.)
  • Branches, leaves, and twigs (I prefer thinner and straighter plants, such as ferns or willow branches, but you can use other leaves and plants that are fairly flat.)
  • Brayers
  • Palette, to spread the ink (I used a glass plate.)
  • Block printing ink, 4–5 colors (I used Charbonnel Etching Ink in Orient Blue, Sanguine, Turquoise, Blue Lake, and Raw Sienna.)
  • Tissue paper
  • Weights (I used 2 full glass bottles, capped.)
  • Spoons (I used wood and metal spoons.)

Instructions for creating stunning prints on your kitchen table are just a click away when you purchase the digital or print Fall 2018 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.


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