The art of monoprinting

Personal Monoprinting.


During the 5×5 Project we were working and learning about different techniques to transfer images from 2 dimensions to 3 dimensions.

In that process, I learned about the monoprinting method which is a combination of painting and printmaking technique. The results of that is an unique image and some effects can not be achieved in any other form of art.

It is an spontaneous method that gives the artist or designer freedom to work with an extensive selection of materials such us acrylics, inks and pastels and to choose from a variety of methods to transfer images. The result is a single print by using pressure to transfer an image drawn or painted in a plexiglass.

The registration of the paper is very important and an artist who was well known for working with this technique, was Andy Warhol.

During the 1960´s Warhol began to experiment with this method and one of the first image that he produced, was his Marilyn Monroe print. He started to created multiple version of the same images using different colours and compositions. (Revolver Warhol Gallery, 2014).

According to Benett (2011) notes that Warhol once asked, “Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?”. This question reflects his philosophy of the method and his style of repetition.

As the same way of his process, I was trying to created abstract composition related with my 5 x 5 project. The presence of lines, triangles and the selection of the palette colour was very important to at the end, reflects a coherent and cohesive piece of work.

To conclude I could say that the difference between the artist’s work and mine was that I did not use a strict registration of the paper in order to obtain more expressive drawings.

List of References and Quotations:

 1- Revolver Warhol Gallery. “Andy Warhol Screenprints – The process and History”. Artist group website. URL: (2014).

2- Bennet, Kate. “Warhol: Headlines at The National Gallery of Art”. Magazine Website. URL: (27/10/2011).






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