WHAT IS A MONOTYPE?
Monotypes are paintings done on a prepared Plexiglas plate using watercolor, oil or printing inks. A damp piece of paper is placed over the plate and put under pressure through a print press. The pressure forces the image to be transferred from the plate to the paper (in reverse). The plate sometimes retains a very light image of the design and a second (ghost) image can be pulled. The artist can then choose to clean the plate, or add more paint to the revise the design, painting directly on the monotype with pencils, pastels, etc. The process of making a monotype results in painterly and at times, unexpected textures, colors, and surface effects. The wide selection of materials and techniques offer the artist the opportunity to experiment in creating unique works of art.