The Monotype Process

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.

"It's finished."

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