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Collagraph Printing with Construction Paper

The plate for this collagraph (see process shots below) was made from mat board and kid-grade construction paper. It was printed in a small edition of 5, intaglio style.

If you’d like to see a tutorial video on making one of these collagraphs, visit my youtube channel.


mat board collagraph with construction paper
Building the plate with mat board, kid-grade construction paper and Liquitex Gloss Varnish
matboard collagraph
The print, with freshly dried ink, ready to paint.
Leaving blank areas in textures and detail on a collagraph plate makes room for optional background treatments when you add other media to the print edition.

Lots of Options

This is print #1 and #2. (above)  You can see how altering the treatment of the window view and the art on the wall changes the overall look of the final collagraph.  

The first print is urban and the second is a seaside location. She’s on vacation. 🙂 The second photo was taken before I painted the sailboats over the art space on the wall.

mat board collagraph printmaking
Pulling the collagraph after a trip through my Takach etching press.

Keep it Simple

In a small edition of collagraph printing like this (five) is great fun when you leave empty spaces in the design of the plate, to allow for experimentation and whimsy while coloring the print.

If you plan your design and leave areas blank, you can draw, paint or collage whatever suits your fancy on each collagraph print. (There are more examples of collagraph printing projects in previous posts here and here.)

What do you do in your art-making to mix things up and open doors for further experimentation and frivolity?

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mat board collagraph with watercolor
Artist’s Model 10×6.75 collagraph with watercolor (sold)

What are the different watercolor papers?
Click the rinse water to get a free Watercolor Paper three-page info sheet full of details about surfaces, weights, manufacturing and types of watercolor paper.

Art Quote

Is it okay with you that you blow off your writing, or whatever your creative/spiritual calling, because your priority is to go to the gym or do yoga five days a week? Would you give us one of those days back, to play or study poetry? To have an awakening? Have you asked yourself lately, “How alive am I willing to be?” It’s all going very quickly. It’s mid-May, for God’s sake. Who knew. I thought it was late February.It’s time to get serious about joy and fulfillment, work on our books, songs, dances, gardens. But perfectionism is always lurking nearby, like the demonic prowling lion in the Old Testament, waiting to pounce. It will convince you that your work-in-progress is not great, and that you may never get published. (Wait, forget the prowling satanic lion — your parents, living or dead, almost just as loudly either way, and your aunt Beth, and your passive-aggressive friends, whom we all think you should ditch, are going to ask, “Oh, you’re writing again? That’s nice. Do you have an agent?”)

Anne Lamott

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1 thought on “Collagraph Print with Optional Background – Artist’s Model”

  1. Love this! How wonderful, and the quote is amazing too. Artists live so much of the time in their own heads it’s a good idea to paint the space in the colours we like.

    You are amazing.


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