The term monotype refers to a stamping technique that consists of the creation of a completely unique stamp, in which the metal plate is prepared by the artist and reproduced onto the paper through the pressure of the chalcographic press.


The surface of the metal plate can be directly drawn and painted on with calligraphy ink, water or oil based colors, or even colored papers, pieces of metal, or any material preferred by the artist. With the lightly bathed piece of paper, a mirrored image of the work created on the plate will be achieved.


Another method to create a monotype is through a process of subtraction, used mostly on the 16th century, in which the color is rolled onto the surface and later on removed on the desired parts with a spatula, scraper, or any desired instrument.

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