Making a monotype by the dark field method closely resembles creating a print
from an inked etching plate, except that, in monotypes, nothing has been
etched into the surface.
It is called a "dark field monotype" because the artist starts by covering a
plate entirely with ink.
Then, usually working without a preparatory sketch, the artist creates the
image quickly and spontaneously by wiping away ink from the surface with
rags . . . . solvents . . . . pointed tools . . . . stiff cards . . . . brushes . . . . and even
hands and fingers.