Carborundum Collagraph Print
This carborundum collagraph print was made with mat board, acrylic gloss, and carborundum (fine sandpaper grit).
The plate was inked and wiped to print intaglio style (from the recessed areas of the plate, rather than relief style – from the uppermost surface).
Wiping ink from a gloss-sealed matboard plate featuring wide, shallow shapes, carved and peeled away can result in cleared ink you meant to keep in place. We create those shallow, recessed nooks and crannies to hold ink – for darker passages in the print design. Wiping around them can feel too finicky, so adding carborundum to the plate is an excellent solution.
Carborundum Collagraph Print Post Round-Up
If you’d like to make a collagraph print, here is a lineup of previous Collagraph Printmaking posts from my blog archives:
- This collagraph print post is figurative (mother and child) and there are links to supplies, tutorials videos, and additional collagraph printmaking blog posts.
- Here is a collagraph print of two cats, carved, inked, and printed with colored inks in the a la poupee method, and then enhanced with colored pencil.
- This is a tutorial on inking and wiping a collagraph plate. Ink application and removal from a plate you can print in both intaglio and relief style will give you tons of artistic control over the values in your print.
Returning to Art-Making
They say the first year after a loss will be challenging in it’s grief storm cycles. We are five months into loss over here, and I’m waiting for more consistency in my mood swings, stronger urges in my creativity, more peace in my heart.
We aren’t supposed to launch big changes in the first year of bereavement, but I kinda want to CHANGE EVERYTHING. Except for art-making. I want drawing, painting, and printmaking time more than ever. And I’m grateful to have creativity as a heating pad on my heart every time I reach for art supplies.
Please bear with my scattered posting for a bit longer as I find my bearings. I’ve started a new drypoint and reduction linocut nude this week, and I’ll share the process shots with you when it’s finished. (You can subscribe to get posts via emails.)
In the meantime, I hope you are doing well, and Springtime is fluffing your sense of wonder, and giving your art supplies strong urges to be held and used.
Thanks for stopping in, and I’ll see you in the next post –
P.S. Here is an article about Cristina Banban, a rising star in the world of painting, using herself (mostly) as a model.
I have a very firm belief that the life of no man can be explained in terms of his experiences, of what has happened to him, because in spite of all the poetry, all the philosophy to the contrary, we are not really masters of our fate. We don’t really direct our lives unaided and unobstructed. Our being is subject to all the chances of life. There are so many things we are capable of, that we could be or do. The potentialities are so great that we never, any of us, are more than one-fourth fulfilled. Except that there may be one powerful motivating force that simply carries you along, and I think that was true of me.Katherine Anne Porter