A monotype is the type of print that I create. The one major difference from other printmaking processes and monotypes is: the artist creates exactly one print, instead of multiples (called editions).
To make a monotype, I apply paint or ink directly onto the plate — which can be metal, glass, plexiglas, or even gelatin. The plate is pressed against the paper to transfer the ink. (So the finished print is a mirror image of what’s on the plate.) My printing is done on a Conrad Monotype printing press or sometimes by hand.
Often I create layered prints, use objects as masks between plate and paper, or selectively apply pressure to create a trace monotype. After the first print is pulled, there will be some ink left on the plate for a second, fainter ghost print.