My monotype work often involves exploring how stencils can be used to combine very graphical qualities with the one-off nature of monotype. Those pieces begin as photographs that I took, usually before I even started print making. From the photograph, I created an outline stencil that I can use for printing. I use Gimp and Inkscape to create the stencil outlines, which I then I cut from stencil film.
You can see photographs of other pieces on Flickr.