The Monotype Process

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Spontaneity and experimentation have always characterized the monotype. In contrast to other printmaking techniques, an artist does not need special equipment or technical training to make a monotype. In its purest and simplest form, a monotype is made by drawing with printer's ink or oil paint on a smooth surface such as glass or a metal plate. The image is then transferred to paper before it dries, using a printing press or other means of pressure, ranging from the back of a spoon to a palm of the hand, or even the wringer of an old washing machine. Because most of the image is transferred in the printing process, only one strong impression can be taken, hence the term monotype (one print). Additional impressions of the residual image are sometimes printed, but they are significantly fainter than the first pull.

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