Monotype Printmaking Workshop
A monotype is an image that is painted on a plate, glass, or a sheet of plexi glass. The printmaker may vary their approach depending upon the image. The painted plate is placed on the press, a damp sheet of paper is applied over it and then it is run through the press by hand. Blankets protect the back of the paper from the roller and help to create a finely toned image. Images that have a raised surface will emboss the paper and create an interesting light and shadow effect.
The magical image occurs when the paper is lifted off of the plate. The entire image is transposed onto the paper. Some times the artist will repeat the inking and printing process two or more times to build up the shapes, images, etc. and colors overlapping each other creating a different composition. A variety of techniques, composition, and color creates a very rich and exciting look to the colors, surface of the paper, and artwortk.
Originally, artists covered glass plates with black printing ink used their fingers or brushes to delicately remove the ink. The artist had to be sure to leave behind enough ink to create the range of tones and shades in the finished work that are the hallmark of a beautiful monotype. Each monotype print is a unique and discrete work of art. Often the artist goes into the artwork by hand with paint, or a variety of other mediums. Monotypes can be a combination of the monotype, etching, drawing, or painting.