A unique print made from an inked, painted glass or metal plate. During production, a flat unprepared surface is painted with inks or paints in one or several colors, and a single impression is taken. A monotype is more closely akin to painting than any other form of print making.
The surface is built up by the modeling of a paste with iron and stone filings to create rugged textures and shapes that are then inked and embossed into the paper when going through the press. The plate can be made from wood or metal but must sustain the extreme pressure of going through the press without destroying the paper.