Monotypes are called the “painterly print.” They are done by painting or rolling printer’s ink onto a surface, then adding or subtracting to the image with various tools, and then running it through a press to transfer the image onto paper. The result is a one of a kind, hand-pulled print that is the reverse of the original matrix. The pressure from the press itself gives a unique character and unpredictable quality to each piece that is part of the joy of making monotypes. Once the plate is printed, the image is gone. No two prints will be the same, and monotypes may be printed over each other, or drawn or painted into after they are printed. Monotypes are an affordable way to begin collecting original artwork, but are not “giclees” or mechanical copies in any way. Once the plate is printed, the image is gone forever.
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