Monotypes are a cross between painting and printmaking in which the image is
initially created on a smooth surface such as Plexiglas or metal (the plate), using rollers, brushes, and/or
stencils to apply the inks to the plate. A dampened piece of paper is then laid over the inked plate. The ink
is transferred to the paper when it is rolled through a press. Additional images and color are often overlaid
on that same piece of paper multiple times by repeating the process of inking the plate, placing the dampened
paper on the inked plate, and running it through the press.
It is called a monotype, not because the paper and plate are run through the press once, but because there
is only one (mono-) strong impression (-type) created and it cannot be repeated. These unique prints are denoted
by the words “monotype” or “monoprint” or by the symbol “1/1”.