monoprint and monotype

These terms are often confused. A monoprint is created by making an impression of a traditional print surface, coloured or worked by hand (for example an etched plate or screen). Monoprints from a certain series can look similar to one another, but they are not identical. Monotypes are unique images created by making an impression of an unworked print surface (for example, a smooth copper plate) on which a drawing or painting is made using ink. A sheet of paper is pressed against the plate and the ink almost fully transfers to the paper. If a residue remains on the plate, it is sometimes difficult to make a second, lighter, print.



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