Monotypes are unique, one-of-a-kind prints. Here we domonstrate our new form of monotyping, developed to overcome limitations of traditional methods, while still honoring tradition. Our new monotype is made with modern materials known for outstanding archival durability and unsurpassed artistic quality.
Classic monotyping uses printing inks applied on a blank metal or acrylic plate; when the image is ready, the ink is transferred to paper using an etching press. Monoprints are similar, except the plate is etched or marked, so elements are repeated in all prints made with that plate.
But printing inks are hardly ideal drawing or painting media, given high viscosity, stickiness, and cost. Oil-based inks require solvents for cleanup and manipulation. Water-based printing inks are easier to clean, but don't produce as rich colors, and are just as hard to use for hand-applying colors. Printing inks dry very slowly, necessary for primary purposes, but this property makes it difficult to blend or overlayer colors, impeding artists' use of color as a means of expression.
Our new method uses a thin cast-resin film on a polyolefin plate. Colors are applied to the resin surface, and unlike prior methods, the color is completely dry when later transferred under pressure to the paper substrate.
A great advantage of dry-plate monotype is that nearly any compatible water-based color medium can be used to build the image. For example, inherently far more suitable for painting, acrylic materials are widely available and affordable. New methods encourage a "painterly" style, and printmaking becomes more accessible to artists striving to extend their range. It should be said, monotype technique is still rather different than easel painting; as ever the case, skill is acquired through practice.
"Proof of concept" is an excellent result. New monotypes reveal an intrinsic luminosity unshared with other printed work, quality artists and viewers alike will appreciate. Explore this unique form of artistic expression, and enter a new realm of experience in art.