A monotype is created by covering a sheet of glass with ink, then removing the ink with brushes, rags and Q-tips.
When the image is complete, a damp sheet of paper is pressed against the ink, resulting in the final image.
You can only print once, so each monotype is a one-of-a-kind unique print. If the paper is too damp, or the plate moves during the press, the image is ruined.
You never know what you’ll get until you pull the paper from the plate, it’s an exciting process.
The Smithsonian Institution offers a great series of videos about monotype you can watch at the link below: http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/monotypes/video.html