How to Make Monotype or Monoprint Art on Glass

Use brushes and other tools to create unusual effects.

Making a monotype or monoprint on glass is an artistic form of printmaking. Monoprint and monotype both mean that each print is unique. Once you compose your artwork on the piece of glass, you will only be able to pull a single print. Flat, smooth surfaces other than glass will work in monoprint making, but glass gives a smooth and flowing effect to the finished artwork.

Lay a clean piece of thick glass on your work surface.

Using minimal pressure, paint your image on the smooth surface. Printing inks for wood prints, etching, and lithography will all work well. Use brushes, fingers, feathers, chips of cardboard, textured fabrics and other materials to apply the ink and create textures and lines. Remember that your image will print in reverse.

Dampen a piece of clean printing paper with a wide brush dipped in water.

Lay the printing paper carefully over the inked surface. Try to leave even margins of white paper on the top, bottom and sides.

Lay a piece of stiff board over the paper to even out the pressure and press down on top of the board with your hands spread apart. You can influence how the ink adheres to the paper by varying the pressure in different areas.

Remove the board in one motion. Peel the paper off the glass and lay it out to dry.


Choose a piece of glass thick enough that will not break easily as you work with it. Experiment with your technique. For example, try using paper that is more or less wet, pulling the paper off the glass quickly or slowly, or pressing down directly on the paper.

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