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
Bruce Waldman

This June, Bruce Waldman will be doing what he loves, sharing printmaking methods and ideas at MOMA. For us he has taken some time to give us insight into his process and his character.

 

MM&S:  I understand you will be showing your work, teaching, and demonstrating how Degas monotype pieces were technically created. Can you give us a little preview of what we can expect?

Bruce:  What I am planning to do in the back to back workshops at MOMA is firsts how some of my work, and then show the tools that I use to make the marks and textures that are in my prints.  I will also discuss the similarities
and the differences between the techniques that I use to the ones Degas
used, and discuss in depth Degas process. Then I will do a demonstration,
and create a few monotypes while everyone is watching in a few of the varied
techniques that I have developed. Then everyone who is participating can
create and print their own image with my assistance.  Justin Sanz, the
master printer, and director of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop
will be there with me to help everyone pull their own print.

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