Monotype Mania - 3 Reasons


I have attended many printmaking workshops and experimented with a variety of techniques but for me monotype is 'the one' so I want to tell you more about it and why I love it. I hope you enjoy my video which demonstrates how I make a simple subtractive monotype. I like to combine this technique with dry point etching sometimes but I will demonstrate dry points in a separate blog.


Reason 1. Degas was one of the first western artists to adopt this technique and I relate to the many reasons he liked it so much. He called them, ‘drawings made with greasy ink’, and appreciated that unlike other techniques they can be manipulated right up to the moment they are printed. The ink on the plate can be worked and re-worked with fingers and a wide variety of tools, scrim, brushes, rags and sponges. My favourite for drawing is an old credit card which can also be cut to a variety of sizes. After printing I may, if there is enough ink on the plate make a ghost print by passing it through the press again. If I am pleased with the outcome I may ink up again and work on the shadow of the image underneath. I may add a coloured layer.

'Sea Leaves' was the first print and 'Leaves like Seabirds&