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Workshops Show How Monotype Printing is a Passion for Ink on Paper

Glen Rogers at the press

By Glen Rogers

Monotype (or monoprint)—a printmaking process used to create one-of-a-kind images with ink on paper—is characterized by playfulness, spontaneity, and a sense of discovery that draws you into the creative process. It’s been a go-to method for the likes of Matisse, Picasso, Klee, and Diebenkorn—each pursuing techniques that would suit his own style.

In my three-day workshops, I will introduce a variety of techniques—additive, subtractive, collage, photo transfer, stencil, and more—then allow everyone to experiment and follow their own creative path. The artist applies ink to an acrylic plate with brushes, brayers, and textural elements, then the adding and subtracting of the ink begins.

Often referred to as the “painterly print,” a monotype is a painted plate, not an etching or lithograph, whose image is chemically etched or scratched into the surface. There is a simplicity that attracts the artist, yet the final piece can be quite complex. It is an accessible medium for beginners but challenging and rewarding for a professional artist.

No matter who the artist, there is that “ta-da” moment—the magic that happens when you run your plate and paper through the press and reveal the fresh print.

Once your image is ready to print, damp paper is placed over the plate and both are run thru the etching press, transferring image to paper. This is not a class where everyone’s work looks the same, and I am always pleasantly surprised by the amazing variety of works produced.

You can create a finished print with one run thru the press, or you can add multiple layers of ink, building up additional color and information. Although I encourage students to come with an idea to start, the best result comes with the willingness to allow the image to evolve.

The work can range from abstract to figurative and from very colorful to a rich black-and-white. For artists like painters or sculptors, whose work is time intensive, creating monotypes offers instant gratification and some beautiful work to add to their portfolio.

I have always loved the printmaking studio—a communal space where artists create and share. And ever since my first introduction in college, I have had a passion for ink and paper.

My second season teaching in my San Miguel studio begins with the following upcoming classes: three-day workshops on January 21–23 and February 25–27, and a five-day workshop from March 12–16. I also offer Monday night print sessions to those with previous experience as a way to continue using the press.

Visit my open studio event on Sunday, January 13, from 2–5pm, to learn more about monotype printing. The studio, located at calle 28 de Abril Norte 56, is in colonia San Antonio. For more information:



Monoprint Workshops

3-day workshops:

Mon–Wed, Jan 21–23

Mon–Wed, Feb 25–27

5-day workshop

Tue–Sat, Mar 12–16

For more information:

Glen Rogers Studio

28 de Abril Norte 56

Colonia San Antonio


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