The easiest way to understand the difference between a Monoprint and a Monotype is to understand the underlying block or matrix. When beginning a Monoprint, permanent marks are produced on the surface. This creates a common feature on successive works. But there would be an endless variation of images according to the application of medium, (paint, ink, chalk), and whetheradditional collage elements are added.

MONOPRINT

When beginning a Monoprint, permanent marks are produced on the surface. This creates a common feature on successive works. But there would be an endless variation of images according to the application of medium, (paint, ink, chalk), and whether additional collage elements are added.

MONOTYPE

A Monotype on the other hand is created on a smooth surface. Similar to monoprinting, a variety of mediums and elements can be incorporated on the surface. But there are no permanent features that transfer to successive works. Once the image is transferred, except for the occasional ghost print from excess medium, the surface is freed from the created work of art and the chosen surface now holds the art work.

STRAPPO

Strappo is a combination of painting and printmaking. An acrylic painting is developed, painted in reverse on a clear glass plate. This dry image transfer technique developed by Harold Garde, has been recognized as a specific printmaking monotype procedure by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Print Library and a sample Strappo is in the print library collection.

 

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Featured Interview with Artist
Russ Spitkovsky

 

 

MM&S   Tell us a bit about who you are and your career as a printmaker and illustrator.

Russ:  I love to draw and I’m not great with people. The most amazing feeling is when the image is working and your thoughts unravel into dialogue and story arcs and the world that you’re creating is the only one there is.  It’s been impossible for me to replicate in the conscious state and I’m constantly drawn to that moment.

I was born in Kiev Ukraine and immigrated to the US  with my family in 1992. I learned printmaking from the mighty Bruce Waldman at the school of visual arts and later picked up some more techniques at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.

RBPMW had an enormous impact on me as far as seeing how different people approach image making and deal with an incredibly intimidating art world outside of the studio. I was also fortunate to meet some amazing likeminded artists both at the printshop and at SVA that cared more about the sincerity of their artwork than it’s commercial appeal.

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