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Confused? here are some clues!

Monotype v. monoprint

this always confused me, too, until I attended an inspiring course given by Susan Jones at Gainsborough's House, Sudbury.  She explained it perfectly! She's a brilliant printmaker and teacher, too.  Follow the link to see for yourself.

A monotype is a print made from a flat substrate ('plate'), i.e. one that has not been incised or had things glued onto it. The image is created solely by applying ink to the plate and possibly using masks or plant material laid over it.

A monoprint is a print made from an incised substrate (e.g. an etching or drypoint) or a relief block (e.g. lino, wood or collograph), which has been inked freely and randomly, in a way that could not be repeated exactly.


a leporello is a concertina-folded book.

The name 'leporello' is derived from the Mozart opera, Don Giovanni.

Leporello was his manservant. He kept a record of Don Giovanni's female conquests in a book. At the end of Act II he spread the book across the stage, all the sheets joined together in one long 'page'.