These images tell the story and sequence of making a simple monotype print using cutout plates to form a montaged pattern of shapes and colors.
Mixing the inks (above):
Once the artist has conceptualized a design for the print and fabricated plates, a palette of colors is chosen for inking the plates. These colors are then reviewed and perhaps modified with an eye toward making sure they will work together when printed.
Inking the Plate
Rubber rollers or brayers are inked up and rolled back and forth on the plate to transfer the ink in an even and consistent manner.
Laying the Inked Plates on the Print Paper
Each inked plate is carefully handled and taken to the press bed where dampened print paper is ready to receive the plates.” For this print, a background color had been been previously printed on the paper.
All the Inked Plates on the Print Paper
The inked plates are placed upside down onto the print surface. The graphic images as seen on the top of the plates are just scrap pieces of plastic with graphics on them and do not transfer to the print itself as the ink is on the opposite side
Running the Press
Felt blankets are laid over the top of the plates and print paper and then the press roller, under strong pressure, is run across the plates which in turn transfers the ink from the plates to the print.
The Plates are Removed after Printing
After the print has been run through the press the plates are carefully removed and one sees that the ink has transferred to the print.
Print is Partially Finished with Plates Removed
The plates will now be cleaned and perhaps used for another print.
The Finished Print
Several more plates have been inked and printed to create the finished print. This final run through the press shows how colors and shapes can overlap to form a more detailed and interesting final image.