I make my monoprints by painting on glass, placing a sheet of paper over the glass, and, using a press, transferring the image from the glass to the paper. I only make one rubbing, so each print is one-of-a-kind (as "mono" suggests). I love monoprints because they give you the originality of a painting with the line quality of a print.
What I'm doing more often now is that instead of painting on glass, I'm painting on a collage that I make from my cut up monoprint rejects (of which I unfortunately have an abundance). The imprint from the texture of the collage comes out as a background (or in some cases a foreground) and gives the piece a subtle depth. In the old days I would hand rub them, but now I use my press. I do still hand rub certain areas sometimes to create more pressure and different effects.
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