A monotype is a print made by transferring a drawing or painting from a smooth surface — typically a copper, zinc, glass, or acrylic plate — to paper. Unlike other printmaking techniques, monotype printing creates one impression from each prepared plate, so each finished print is unique.
Monotype tools are essential to the process. Apply ink with a brush or craft swab. Use a monotype press or brayer to transfer your painting onto your paper. Paint a thin layer of monotype ink onto the plate. Thick applications of paint will smoosh down when transferred to paper, resulting in less detailed images.