creating a two-color monotype...

My monotypes are created using simple tools, a rubber brayer, a razor blade, glass sheet, etching and/or relief inks,  a burnishing tool, and of course a single sheet of paper. I use a backlit glass plate to help hide shadows from the image while drawing and to allow me to orientate the directions of  the hand-rubbed transfer strokes to the image. The most unusual part of creating this kind of image is that all of the strokes scrape away part of the image rather than adding to the drawing.  All grey (or second color) areas are removed first, inked lightly, then the areas to remain clear are removed until the drawing is completed. The character of the finished product is similar to a woodcut or linocut but allows for faster rendering and more fully clear areas. There is no sketch or guide to work from on the plate and little to no means to make corrections. As in all printmaking the final image is a mirror image of the drawing on the plate, but each drawing is unique, one of one, only one image can be transferred to paper.