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printwork - monoprints
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The process of monoprinting and monotype printing is the same, but when doing monotypes the artist works on a clean and unetched plate; with monoprints, however, there is always a pattern or part of an image which is constantly repeated in each print.

Artists often use etched plates or some kind of pattern such as lace, leaves, fabric or even rubber gaskets, to add texture.

This is a difficult technique because not only is the image reversed when printed but while working on the plate it is hard to see what the final effect will be when the print is made. Many effects can be achieved in monotypes that are not possible with any other technique.
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