A monotype is a printed painting. To make a monotype, I paint with oils, watercolors, or ink onto a plexiglass plate and then press the plate against paper to transfer the painting. The finished print is a mirror image of what was on the plate. After the first print, there is sometimes enough paint or ink left for a second fainter print, but no two prints are ever alike. For me, the appeal of monotypes lies in the translucent and slightly glowing quality of the images that result from painting on plexiglass.

© 2017 by Rebecca Giles.