A monoprint or monotype refers to any print made in one version and incapable of being exactly duplicated. It cannot be editioned. They may be unique prints or variations on a theme.
The artist paints, rubs or wipes designs directly onto a plate using a slow drying paint or ink. The image must be printed before the ink dries. It is printed by press or hand. The artist gets only one strong impression. The remaining pigment can be reworked, but the next print will not be an exact copy of the first print. The final effect can only be guessed at as no trial proofs can be done. This method allows the artist much freedom and spontaneity.