Signing and dating art prints
Photo © Ben Killen Rosenberg / Getty Images A monotype is "a singular print created through an acknowledged process that can be learnt and replicated to gain similar effects with different images" and a monoprint is "a singular work that can be produced without the need to undergo a series of steps." A monotype is created using a printing plate without any lines/texture on it; a unique image is made in the ink each time.A monoprint uses a printing plate with permanent elements to it, for instance, engraving lines.The first monoprint technique (trace monoprinting) is to roll out the ink or paint on the surface, gently place a sheet of paper on it, then press onto the sheet of paper to selectively transfer the ink to the paper and create the image by where and how you've applied pressure.
Call it whichever you will, the printing technique can basically be done in three ways, all of which involves either putting printing ink or paint on a non-porous surface (such as a piece of glass) and then applying pressure to transfer it to a sheet of paper.(If you get famous enough, gallery curators will be very excited to find these!)It's convention to cancel (deface) the printing block once all the prints have been done so no more can be made.The top is an artist's edition proof, the bottom is number 48 from an edition of 100. It's done in pencil (not pen) close to the bottom edge of the print.
The edition number is on the left, your signature on the right (plus the year, if you're adding one).Two other terms you may come across are BAT and HC.