What’s a Collagraph?
Collagraphs are made by assembling a collage on a substrate, inking the surface, and printing from the inked & wiped face of something akin to a collage. This one was built from construction paper glued to matboard with Gloss Medium Varnish.
The collagraph is sealed front & back with more medium varnish and left to dry for a few hours. Black etching ink is applied to the surface, and then wiped off, intaglio-style. Some ink remains on the flat areas of the collagraph plate, while more ink sits against the curbs, and in the grooves between the paper boundaries.
Printing Intaglio Style
The inked & wiped plate is pressed against soaked & blotted printmaking paper on a press. The ink captured in the spaces between the built-up layers and cut out pieces, and in the tooth of the paper prints wonderful textures and lines.Once the ink was dry, I painted the print with watercolors. There you have it…. are you ready to make one?
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