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Techniques

Monotype should be the least mysterious of printmaking processes, because at its simplest it involves the artist simply painting with ink directly onto a plate, and then running the plate through a press with a piece of paper laid on top of it. The image is thus transferred to the paper. Only one strong print can be made (hence the name monotype) because when the paper is lifted off, it takes most of the ink off the plate, leaving just a ghost image behind.

By running the plate through the press with a second piece of paper, a second, much fainter impression can be produced, but after that the artist has to start again by creating a new image on the plate. The artist can add some reinforcing touches to the image before printing the second (or 'cognate') impression. In certain prints, Mannocci has added other elements, such as collage, or touches of oil paint added to the surface of the printed work.

Making Monotypes

Click on the image below to learn more about the printmaking process.