A Series of Gothic Inspired Monotype Prints
What are monotype prints?
Each of the artworks shown are created by inking up a bare, perspex ‘plate’ which is then run through a high pressure press to transfer the image to archival quality artist’s printing paper. The image is drawn freehand onto the plate by the artist. Some of the images are a simple one or two layers, but most of them require multiple passes through the press using individually inked up, or painted plates, in a very lengthy process.
Some of Fiona’s monotype prints are then further embellished with direct printing of relief images, wallpaper and real objects like feathers, as well as drawn elements with pencil, paint and metallic inks. In creating a monotype print the artist is able to capture the immediacy of their thought processes as there is very little room for retouching or correction so the marks and brush strokes are usually completely unedited.
Each stage of this process is done completely by hand and results in a one of a kind print that cannot be replicated. The term ‘mono’ means one. Some elements may reappear as ghosts of the original print, so some are similar but never the same. All the prints and mixed media works were produced by me and used a Takach electronic press at the Glasgow Print Studio where I also regularly run workshops which teach the art of making monotype prints.