The monotype has been called a “painterly print”. It is a one-of-a-kind work, the product of a single printmaking technique, or several techniques combined. Monotype is considered a planographic printmaking medium, because the matrix or “plate” is usually a flat surface.

Today, with access to both traditional and contemporary techniques and materials, many artists are involved in making monotypes and monoprints. The monotype captures spontaneous brushwork, drips, wash effects, and color rolls. Combined with photographic images or imagery from and etched plate, printed block, stamp or stencil, collaged materials, etc., there is no limit to creative exploration.