Monotype printmaking

If you’re looking for a unique and creative printing technique, monotype printmaking is the way to go! This process is often confused with monoprinting, but there are several key differences. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what monotype printmaking is, who invented it and how it differs from monoprinting. We’ll also explore the creative process behind this fascinating printing technique.

What is monotype printmaking?

Monotype printmaking is a process that involves creating a single image on an inked surface and then transferring it onto paper. This technique can be used to create one-of-a-kind prints or multiples of the same image, depending on how many times you want to use your plate for printing purposes before destroying it (or saving it for later prints).

The main difference between monotype printmaking and monoprinting is that the former involves using a single plate to create an image, while the latter uses multiple plates. Monoprints can be created by drawing or painting on a plate, then printing it as many times as you want. However, each print will be different from the last one because of your mark-making process, which makes this technique perfect for those who want their artwork to be unique.

Who invented monotype printmaking?

Some people think that Flemish artist Antoon Sallaert created his first monotypes in the early 1640s. He is therefore thought to be the inventor of this printing process.

However, others claim that monotype printmaking had already been practised by Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione. At the beginning of the 17th century he created most of his monotypes as black-field images by wiping away ink on a prepared plate. This produced white and grey lines. Sallaert, on the other hand, brushed bold, tapering lines onto the printing surface with meticulous precision.

What are the steps to make a monotype print?

The process of monotype printmaking is quite simple. Start by drawing an image on a smooth surface or glass with oil-based ink. Then use a roller to apply ink to the drawing and press it onto paper, which will transfer the design in reverse (so if you want your final product not to be reversed, make sure that you print it the right way round).

If you want to create a multiple of the same image, you can use your plate for printing more than once. Just make sure to clean it in between each print. You can use turpentine or white spirit for this purpose.

The final step is to frame or mount your monotype print so that you can enjoy it for years to come.

Monotype printing is an old technique that’s still relevant today. It was invented in the 16th century, but it has found admirers across the world for its creativity and complexity. If you’ve ever tried monotype printmaking before or would like to learn more about this process, let us know by contacting us here. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have and get started planning with you right away!

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