Monoprints and monotypes are created by painting directly upon a plastic plate with watercolors, and waterbased or oil based intaglio inks. Dampened paper is placed on the plate and the sandwich of plate and paper is run through an etching press. With the pressure of the press roller, the ink transfers from the plate to the paper.
As a painter I love the spontaneity I can achieve with monoprinting, the instant images and the fluid brush strokes. And I can mix print media such as printing with copper intaglio plates over a monoprint. Intaglio creates delicate detail & lush 3D marks, while the monoprinting process results in painterly affects.