Talking Points: What is Monotype?

A collection of imagery and sources designed to introduce children to the process of monotype.

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A monotype is a simple printmaking process that is used to create one off prints. Sometimes artists will create a ‘ghost’ print from whatever is left on the printing plate after an initial print has been taken. 

There are many ways that a monotype can be made. A metal or plastic plate is painted onto with any material that will transfer marks to paper under pressure. 

A monotype is a stand alone print whereas a monoprint is a print that is part of a series.


Find our collection of monotype resources here.

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