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Trace Monotype

Instructor: Christopher Shore
September 16, 2020, 10:30 AM–12:00 PM EST
$25 Members and Non-members

Explore the fluidity and spontaneousness of this technique used by Paul Gauguin, Michael Mazur, and Paul Klee. Transfer or trace monotypes are one of the easiest and most accessible of all printmaking techniques, requiring little equipment and no press. In this online tutorial, Christopher will demonstrate a simple non-toxic, ink-less version as well as delving into the great tradition of trace monotypes with printing ink. Topics covered will be registration techniques, ink choices and modification, paper considerations and drawing materials. Transform your drawings with this simple and direct method.


Image: Christopher Shore, Gaugain, Trace monotype


CHRISTOPHER SHORE received his MFA in printmaking from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He has studied printmaking in Venice and Florence. His work explores many traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques and has been exhibited internationally. Chris is the Staff Master Printer at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Visit Chris at

View the materials list
  • Litho or Etching Printing Ink (oil or water-based)
  • Plexiglas plate
  • Printmaking brayer or ink roller
  • Newsprint
  • Light – Medium weight paper
  • Tape
  • Pencil, ballpoint pen
  • Ink thickener (see manufacturers details)
  • 8 1/2 x 11 copy paper
  • Wax crayons
  • Index cards
  • Ballpoint pen