Trace Monotype

Contact, Transfer or Trace monotype in this online demo all refer to the same process of creating printed marks on paper. It’s a great way to make a graphic mark with a printerly feel.

Remember when you wanted to make a carbon copy on the typewriter? And the time you put the carbon paper in backwards? The result was a reverse impression on the back of the original. Well that’s kind of what happens here. Paper is laid on top of an inked plate. An image is drawn or impressed onto the back side of the paper. When the paper is lifted the resulting impression is the printed image in reverse. In this demonstration you will learn about ink preparation, experimenting with various papers and mark making instruments as well as the many applications for this process. No press is necessary as you will learn how to set up an effective hand printing station.