Monotype printing workshop

Submitted by OVADA Gallery on May 21, 2020 - 15:35

Venue, Timing and Cost

OVADA Gallery (online via Zoom)
Friday, 5 June 2020
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Part of an exciting new series of online workshops.

This workshop consists of a video link to follow along to in your own time. We are also offering the added benefit of a group discussion via Zoom (with no more than 3 people) with the tutor to discuss the workshop, iron out any questions you have and to show and discuss your outcomes.

The two dates for the group discussion are:
Friday 5th June at either 13:00 or 18:00
Friday 12th June at either 13:00 or 18:00

Please select your chosen time at check out you will then be given a zoom link for your group discussion.


Monotype: no press

The process is where the image is transferred from the plate onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together, usually using a printing-press but in this case the process is one where no press is required.

Monotypes can also be created by inking an entire surface and then, using brushes or rags, removing ink to create areas of light from a solid area of opaque colour. A monotype impression is usually unique, though a second, lighter impression from the painted printing plate can sometimes be made.


The video uses minimum of equipment and caligo safe wash inks which are easily wiped with water. Below is a list of materials. Instead of a roller, it is possible to use a rolling pin and instead of a bamboo baren the back of a spoon handle or wooden spoon works as well.

Roller: and
Paper: Printing without a press means that hand pressure is to be used and so lightweight paper recommended. Anything below 200gsm.
Inks: Cranfield Caligo Safe wash etching ink (Although Intaglio sell these the smallest quantity is 150 ml tubes whereas sell all colours in 75ml tubes. If you only get one colour get black.
Plate: You need a hard surface to rollout inks on. A piece of glass, tile or Perspex is recommended. This will define the size of your print. Two if possible, one for your print and one for mixing colours on.
Bamboo baren: Again sell these for £2.50 each. Their website is worth looking at for all sorts of materials. OR the back of a spoon or wooden spoon.
Paleltte knives, kitchen roll, masking tape


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Further Information

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Crafts and Applied Arts
Visual Arts