Mark Francis, ‘Untitled’ 1994
Mark Francis
Untitled 1994
© Mark Francis
Sir Anthony Caro, ‘Figure’ 1956
Sir Anthony Caro
Figure 1956
Courtesy of Barford Sculptures Ltd
Thérèse Oulton, ‘Untitled’ 1987
Thérèse Oulton
Untitled 1987
© Thérèse Oulton

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 light 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.