Monotyping is a printmaking process. Brushes, rollers, palette knives and various tools are used to apply oils on a sheet of clear Plexiglas. Paper laid on top of the oil painted Plexiglas is rolled through a press. Pressure transfers the image to the paper, thus a monotype. The master printer and artist work together to perfect a technique.
A second piece of paper can be placed on the same, now almost paint free, piece of Plexiglas and run through the press again. The result is a lighter, different original referred to as a “ghost image.”
The original works of art allow the artist to react to color and emotion very directly.
The monotype is a unique form of painting favored by artists since the seventeenth century. Rembrandt, Picasso, Matisse, Degas, Chagall, and Gauguin all explored this medium. The possibilities are as endless as the imagination.