Collagraph & Watercolor: Couch Napping

matboard collagraph

Couch Napping, 6.5 x 8 Collagraph & Watercolor

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.

making a mat board collagraph with construction paper


Basic Materials

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?

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you in the next post –



13 Responses to Collagraph & Watercolor: Couch Napping

  1. treasurefield September 7, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    I love this, and really want to try it myself. Thank you for sharing the details!

  2. janey November 24, 2006 at 6:43 am #

    This is wonderful. I’ve never heard of this technique. I can’t repeat this often enough. I love your work and your blog is the most informative artist’s blog I’ve ever been. I just started using watercolor so now I’m going back over all your archives. And I’m definitely trying a collograph this weekend.

  3. Pamela November 24, 2006 at 6:07 am #

    Belinda-This is a wonderful piece. I love the line qualities and the texture of the print. Also, the added deatail to the couch is very nice. Did you draw into the varnish to get this effect?

  4. E.B.Atwood November 22, 2006 at 6:31 am #

    Can yo udo this beautiful stuff without a press?

  5. Anonymous November 22, 2006 at 5:46 am #

    Very inspiring and Timely! I just learned about collagraphs yesterday! Lovely and I like how you do water color over it! Even your paper choices for the collage part are lovely!

  6. Walter Logeman November 22, 2006 at 4:37 am #

    I like the result & interesting process. Can you make more than one print from such a device?

  7. Anonymous November 22, 2006 at 4:04 am #

    Beautiful, Belinda, and the process is wonderful… Thank you for such clear explanations!

  8. martha in ny November 21, 2006 at 2:54 pm #

    I need to try this. I think using the paper to define the shapes would be really freeing to me. I tend to get hung up on the details and give up. Beautiful!

  9. Annie B November 21, 2006 at 12:54 pm #

    Quite a process. This one came out really nice.


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