|Island Fox 7.25×5.25 inch Collagraph with watercolor &
colored pencil on asian paper
|Adding pigments to the print after the ink dried|
|Pulling a test print on my Takach press|
|Cutting into the back of a scrap sheet of mat board|
|Sharp exacto knife carving angled lines into the uppermost layer of
the reverse side on a scrap of mat board to peel it away, making little wells to hold ink.
|Fox doodle as a reference on the left – for the collagraph plate on the right|
|This little guy was resting on a Eucalyptus trunk, down near the
shore as I was leaving the island. This photo doesn’t give you a sense
of scale, but he was only about 18 inches long. Perfect lap-napping size. 🙂
Collagraphs are considered to be a form of intaglio (from the Italian word meaning ‘to cut into’) because lines and textures are created on a matrix or plate to hold ink, which is then transferred to paper in the same manner as etching, drypoint and engraving. The intaglio or collagraph plate may also be relief-rolled in the manner of traditional woodblock printing. Both intaglio-wiping (ink is held in the incised lines and textures after the plate has been wiped) and relief-rolling (ink is on the surface of the plate; the incised lines are ink-free) may be used interchangeably – and are often used together, juxtaposing and combining different colors and viscosities of ink for visual effects.
from Practical Mixed Media Printmaking Techniques by Sarah Riley