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Monoprints, Summer 2008

9 Feb

Done with the guidance of Anuben, a friend and an artist, in her studio.

Monoprints, also called Monotypes, are made by transferring an image painted on a metal plate, onto damp paper. The paper you want to print on is soaked for a while (the time depending on the kind of paper it is). Using water- or poster-colours you paint on an aluminium plate first coated with a thin layer of glue (after the glue dries). With a roller, the image is then manually transferred onto the paper. You can also stick bits of stuff onto the plate that will transfer an impression of its texture onto the paper, as I’ve tried in a few of these. Usually you can only take one good print from a painted plate (though the plate can be washed and re-used) – therefore ‘monoprint’. Quite simple compared to most other printmaking techniques, and full of surprises and the sense of play.

Incidentally, I have read that Degas used and developed this technique, often making prints which he would then paint on.