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How to Make a Monotype Print

Have fun with this creative and easy-to-learn 'variation' of painting.

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A monotype is a traditional fine art print made by pressing a piece of paper (often a damp sheet) against a painted or inked surface. It's a technique that's easy to learn and something done easily in your own kitchen. The plate used for a monoprint only exists once, so each monoprint is unique. While additional prints can be made if the plate still has enough paint on it, the second print will vary substantially from the first.

This tutorial on how to make a monotype print was photographed and written by B.Zedan, and reprinted with permission. B.Zedan describes herself as "a multi-media packrat, an avid collector of broken things and artistic techniques". For more of B.Zedan's work, take a look at her website and Flickr photostream.

See also: How to Make a Monoprint in 7 Steps
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How to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 1 SuppliesHow to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 2 Sand your PlateHow to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 3 Mark the Paper OutlinesHow to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 4 Guidance Marks
How to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 5 Mark the Edges of the Reference PictureHow to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 6 Tape the Reference PictureHow to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 7 Start DrawingHow to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 8 Add Paint
How to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 9 First Down is the ClearestHow to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 10 Check Your ProgressHow to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 11 Reverse Side of the PlateHow to Make a Monotype PrintHow to Make a Monotype Print: Step 12 Preview of the Print
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