Monotype Printing

Monotype Print Example
Monotype Print Example
Preperation of monotype print
Preperation of monotype print

The Print Process

A monotype is a one of a kind print. In my monotype process I paint, normally using oil based printing ink onto a plexiglass plate. I use various tools to get the ink on the plate and to create numerous different marks. Paintbrushes, cotton buds, sticks, twigs, rags, anything that is to hand and will create new marks and texture.

The plate is then put down on a printing bed and paper put on top. The plate and paper are then fed through the press transferring the ink to the paper. The print is a mirror image of what was on the plate and each print unique.

 

Etching Printing Press - Used for monotype printing
Etching Printing Press - Used for monotype printing

I mostly use Somerset 300gsm, satin paper for my monotypes which is soaked beforehand. For me this quick painterly style allows me to not over think my work and inevitably leads to a print with energy and a captured moment from the landscape.

"The final print is always a surprise"