Monotypes To Go!


Saturday, April 24
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


In person at the OAB or online live Zoom class
To physically attend the class you must notify the OAB office: 231.2562131
Limited to a total of 10 people (Live + Zoom)


Angela Saxon
Royce Deans


$135 members
$150 non-members
Materials cost extra. See 'Materials: 2 Options' section in text.


Please fill out the registration form at the time of payment. You will have several ways to pay.


Printmaking is a thrilling process! Monotypes are made by applying paint or ink directly onto a printing plate and transferring that image to paper, working either by hand or with a press, creating a mirror image of your original drawing.

In this workshop you will make monotypes by hand. We start with a demo, then explore basic markmaking techniques, learning to pull prints with a wooden spoon. A still life will be our subject matter. Some experience with drawing is helpful but not necessary.

Note: To physically attend the class you must notify the OAB office: 231.256.2131. (Knowing the amount of live participants helps us prepare a safe workshop environment.

Angela Demononstrates
Making a Monotype
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What is a monotype?
A monotype is made by applying ink, paint or similar on a smooth plate (we’re using plexiglass) and then transferring that image onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together, by hand or with a printing-press. A monotype impression is usually unique, though a second, lighter impression from the plate can sometimes be made – this if often called a ghost print. The process yields one unique print.

This is in contrast to prints made in edition, in which each print is almost identical. Examples of this would be an etching or drypoint.You can mark your monotypes as such at the bottom edge of the print with “monotype” or “1/1”.

Why make a monotype?
It’s a good question: why make a monotype instead of just making a painting or a drawing? There is magic in printmaking is my answer. Instead of building up marks on paper or canvas, stepping back and observing, then making more, etc… with a monotype we make all the marks in one place in what for me is a much shorter period of time. Then all those marks are transferred at once. And there is a beautiful layered transparency to the marks in a monotype as well.

And we get a big reveal: Transferring the image from plate to paper feels like Christmas morning every time. If that wasn’t enough in the thrill department, we end up with a mirror image of our work, seeing our composition in a totally different way. We think we know what the buildup of ink on the plate will produce once we make the print but I’m almost always surprised.

We have the opportunity to make really beautiful marks in this process – very different from ones we generally make in painting or drawing.


Materials: 2 Options

Option 1
$25 fee to use our materials. Just come as you are.You can pay by cash or check when you come to class.
Option 2
It’s important that you have the right materials. Order the materials yourself from

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Printing inks and blending medium go a long way. You will have enough materials to make quite a lot of prints after the class. You may have some of these materials on hand, but please don’t substitute a different brand of ink or medium.

Here’s the material list:
  • Three 6” x 8” printing plates (you’ll use one for a palette)*
  • Akua water-soluble intaglio inks, 59 ml: black, red oxide
  • Akua blending medium
  • 2” soft brayer
  • Small soft brush
  • Palette knife
  • Printmaking paper, 9 x 12 pad, 20 sheets
  • Newsprint, 18 x 24 pad, 50 sheets
You will also need:
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Rubber gloves
  • Baby wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Clean bath/beach towel

*You can also use 1/8” thick plexiglass for a plate and palette if you have access to that material.
Note: no larger than 8 x 10
Contact Angela Saxon if you have any questions: Tel. 231.631.5079 or email

About Angela Saxon

Angela lives and works in Leelanau County. Primarily a landscape painter, she also regularly works from the figure. Learning to make monotypes has been an exciting addition to her practice.

About Royce Deans

Royce is an artist who works from his studio in Cedar, Michigan. He loves to work from the nature that is found in exceeding abundance in Leelanau County. Teaching classes in drawing, painting, and monotype printmaking is important to him because learning is a life-long pursuit and teaching is a great way to learn.


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