Monotype is a printed painting, where no etching or exposing is involved and usually done this way: a painting is made on a non-absorbent surface, such as an acrylic plate, with (etching) ink, acrylic, water or oil colours, using brushes, cloth, brayers or other tools. While still wet, the painting is transferred onto paper, usually using a printing press, and you get a reverse image of the original painting. You can use dry or damp rag paper – dry for more contrast and damp for deeper colour intensity. A monotype is a unique print; a subsequent print (called a ghost) is possible, but differs greatly in the colour intensity. The monotype can be left as it is or it can be painted on once it is dry.
My monotypes: I discovered monotype many years ago by so-called coincidence and immediately regarded it as my art medium. I had worked with different techniques and in monotype I saw everything combined: drawing, sculpting and painting. I mostly use brayers with oil-based etching ink on an acrylic plate, but also work on cardboard with a spatula, as cardboard absorbs the etching ink more than a smooth surface and I can also use the texture of the cardboard to create depth. I also use plywood, as the structure of the wood becomes part of the print. Although there is an image in my mind, there is always a moment of surprise and unexpectedness after I have run the paper through the printing press and lifted it from the plate. This is mostly because of the layers – that is the depth created when several colours are printed on top of each other, with the thickness of the etching ink, and also the way the brayer is used.
I love colour and I think colour helps you to connect to your ability to experience joy. My images are always a combination of two colours and hopefully ignite in you what I intended.