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The most painterly of the printmaking techniques, monotypes are painted with printing inks on plexiglass plates. “Mono” comes from Greek, meaning one print only. “Additive” or “subtractive” techniques allow the ink to be manipulated and textured with various tools. One sheet of paper is placed over the painting on the plexiglass plate and run through a hand-turned printing press to transfer the image onto the paper. Multiple passes through the press are possible adding layers of color and textures. Monoprints are created in the same way as a monotype, but a repeatable matrix like an etching plate, or linocut block is included in the image.
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