Monoprinting

from ceramics and print Paul Scott 1994 pg(67-69)

A monoprint or monotype is a ‘drawing with printed features’ or print in an edition of one. Monoprinting is said to have been first used by 17th century Italian, Giovanni Castiglione, and both Degas and Matisse made monoprints. Because a print of one is of little use in mass production it has been of no significance in the ceramics industry, but a number of monoprinting techniques are possible for ceramic materials.

Monoprinting from fabric – Jerry Chaplan uses ‘reward velvetone’ underglaze colors as printing inks. He paints thickly onto a damp, canvas covered board until satisfied with the image or design. Then a slab of well prepared stoneware clay is placed on top, and gently rolled with a rolling pin. On removal, the painted design is revealed in reverse on the clay surface. A second slab laid upon the canvas will also take up the design, more faintly but differently. Sometimes the second ‘monoprint’ can be more effective than the first. The printed slabs can be used simply as clay pictures, but also by using moulds they can appear as plates or shallow bowls.

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