The Monoprint Process

monoprint printmaking process

A monoprint is a single impression of an image made from a reprintable ‘plate’. Materials such as silver card, perspex sheets or even mount board can be used to create a ‘plate’. Also known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques , a monoprint is essentially a printed painting.


The characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike; although images can be similar, editioning is not possible. For myself, both a collagraph plate and a drypoint plate can become monoprints; I tend not to make any two prints identical anyway!

I love working in monoprint. I often add layers of watercolour, pastels, and even salt and bleach over the prints to create an interesting surface, and adding even more individuality to each print.