Printing without a press
is a print, but with one major difference from other printmaking processes: you create only one print. To make a monotype, you apply paint or ink directly onto the plate
— which can be metal, glass, plexiglass, or even gelatin
It'a a simple process that allows for lots of experimentation and variation. You can create layered prints, use objects as masks
between plate and paper, or selectively apply pressure to create a trace monotype
. After the first print is pulled, there will be some ink left on the plate for a second, fainter ghost print
Collagraph is a basic a method of printmaking using a board with collage materials glued onto it to form a relief surface with a variety of textures. A very creative and experimental form of printmaking, collagraph prints can be made with many different materials, including cardboard, yarn, fabric, leaves, masking tape and more.