As a painter, I am often asked why make a monotype instead of just painting on canvas? The process is so different! I use brushes and brayers to apply the inks, and all manner of materials to alter those colors: tarletan, Q-tips, tooth picks, wet wipes and more. The additive/reductive process leaves room for great surprises when the image is pulled off the plate, revealing a print that is reversed.  The resulting complexities can be rich and varied. The monotypes are often more abstract than my paintings; they are looser and fresher.