Sometimes an artist prefers to begin the monotype process with a drawing
either placed underneath a transparent plate or drawn on the back of a clear
plate. Using the drawing as a guide, the artist draws the image on the
This method is especially effective when the artist wants to develop the
image sequentially, adding to the ink that remains on the plate and taking
successive impressions of the image as it develops.
The successive impressions can be printed on separate sheets of paper to form
a sequence, or else they can be layered on top of one another by printing
each variation of the image on the same sheet of paper.