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Monotype Guild of New England


The terms monotype and monoprint represent two distinct processes used to create unique, one-of-a-kind prints.

A unique print is a one-of-a-kind transfer of an inked or painted image from a metal or plastic plate to paper or another receiving surface. The ink or paint may be transferred from plate to paper with hand pressure or by means of an etching press. Sometimes there is enough ink or paint residue left on the plate surface to pull a second, much lighter print. This is called the “ghost”. Each transfer is unique and cannot be exactly duplicated.

"A monotype is made by drawing or painting on a smooth surface and transferring the image to a sheet of paper.

"A monoprint contains lines or images that can be repeated exactly, from one impression to the next, such as etched lines, a carved woodblock or a lithographic drawing. The artist varies the inking in each image, creating a unique impression that is called a monoprint.”

Learn more on the MGNE website.

(1) From Singular Impressions: The Monotype Process: Video, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1997.

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