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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'.

ARCHIVAL - what does it mean? Basically, if you want an object to last more than your life-time it must not contain anything that would damage it.  Everyday paper is made from wood-pulp containing an acid called lignin. Acid eats away the paper grain by grain, turns it brown and brittle.

Archival paper is made from lignin-free, and every other acid-free, material such as cotton rag. Archival inks, paints, etc are also acid-free so they should last at least as long as your 3rd generation!

Of course, many artists in the early 20th century either did not know this or didn't care if things lasted, so they painted on things like cardboard. Their work, which should have wasted away, is still hanging on gallery walls!

I guess, science is what you make of it...