In my last two posts, I introduced you to the art of printmaking and discussed relief and intaglio print techniques in more detail. Now, I will introduce you to one-of-a-kind prints, the techniques of lithography and serigraphy, and the differences between traditional prints and giclée prints.
Monotypes & Monoprints
True or false: printmaking always involves creating reproducible images and identical prints.
False! While most printmaking techniques facilitate the creation of identical prints, monotype and monoprint techniques allow the artist to make one-of-a-kind prints.
A monotype is made by painting on a flat plate (often Plexiglass), then running it through the press to create a print. Because the artist’s exact brushstrokes cannot be duplicated, each print is one of a kind.