|A monotype begins with a design created on a smooth printing surface.
printing surface, or plate, is usually Plexiglas, metal or glass. The
is made using additive or subtractive methods of oil or water-based
ink directly on the plate or on stencils and textural elements. No
incised into the printing plate as found in etched, linoleum or
prints, so consequently no second exact image is possible.
Once the plate is inked, damp printmaking paper is placed on top of it
it then undergoes the pressure of an etching press or manual pressure,
transferring the image from plate to paper. The paper is then pulled
from the printing surface, revealing a one-of-a-kind image: The unique
print. No other identical image is possible.
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