It means one sole print taken from a plate with no fixed matrix and therefore no possibility for repeats. Monotypes are marked with 1/1 at the bottom, which means you are getting something original and unique! This painterly style of printmaking encompasses a wide variety of techniques and is open to much experimentation. Monotypes can be pulled by hand using a baren on a glass plate, but I like to use rollers to apply ink onto a thin sheet of plastic and then run it through my press. Monotypes allow for a higher level of spontaneity and flexibility than other forms of printmaking; I like to build up layers of ink over a series of prints to create more depth and interest.
Polly in the park 7, monoprint with cyanotype
Plate size 21 cm x 29.5 cm
What is .......... a monotype?