A unique image printed from a polished plate, such as glass or metal, which has been painted with a design in ink 

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The image is transferred from the plate onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together, usually using a printing-press.

Monotypes can also be created by inking an entire surface and then, using brushes or rags, removing ink to create areas of ight from a solid area of opaque colour. A monotype impression is usually unique, though a second, lighter impression from the painted printing plate can sometimes be made, though it will be a lot lighter and generally inferior in quality.