Monoprinting is a form of printmaking. Unlike most printmaking which allows for multiple copies of the same image to be created, monoprints can only be printed once, making it truly a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
"Progression of a Story" - 3-part series
created by Wendy Converse
A monoprint is started on a "plate", such as plexiglass or coated board. An image is created on the plate using printing ink (similar to paint, but generally a little thicker). Images can be developed using a variety of tools from brushes and palette knives to q-tips and rollers. It is generally a very loose and painterly process. I often embed textured materials on my board to add another level of depth to the ink. Once the image is created, it is put through a printing press to transfer the ink from the plate onto a final surface, such as paper, fabric or wood. Stencils, textured boards, and other materials can be used to create similar, but not identical prints.
Monoprints can be thought of as variations on a theme, with the theme resulting from some permanent features being found on the template – lines, textures – that persist from print to print. Variations are endless, but permanent features of the template will persist from one print to the next. The beauty of monoprinting lies in its spontaneity and the opportunity to combine printmaking, painting and drawing media into a single finished piece.