Make a Collagraph
|Another version of Rainy Day Girl|
Printing a Collagraph Intaglio Style
After the print was inked, wiped (intaglio style) and printed ; this (above) is an option for printing if you want to leave enough paper exposed under the ink to add watercolor, colored pencil, gouache, etc.
By printing this plate with a myriad of ink colors (above, printed in black, and below, inked in blue), I have a variety of prints in the edition to play with. For the piece at the top of this post, I left black ink from a previous run though the press on the plate. The same day, I top rolled the plate in a gray-green ink, buffed a little of it away here and there, and printed. After the ink was dry, I added a little colored pencil. The options are endlessly fun.
Print Without a Press
You can print a collagraph without a press, by hand-rubbing the back of the paper with a wooden spoon, or a wooden drawer knob. Visit this post to see photos of another collagraph with shots of the plate being assembled.
Pulling the Print
After inking and wiping the plate, paper is pressed against the ink, and pulled away to reveal all sorts of interesting patterns and texture.
Choose a Subject
If you decide to make a collagraph, choose a relatively simple image, with a focus on shape, rather than complexity. For example, if you want to start with an image of a still life – choose something with easy-to-cut edges, like a tea pot, rather than a flower arrangement with a million little petals. 🙂
Gather Your Art Supplies
- Mat board
- A reference image and a pencil to draw with
- Liquitex gloss medium varnish and a brush for application
- An exacto knife or a fiskars fingertip knife
- Ink (Akua Intaglio works well, mixed with Akua MagMix)
- Printmaking paper
- A spoon (wooden or metal) or a baren (or both)
Share Your Art
If you decide to make a collagraph, be sure to leave us a link in the comments so we can come and see what you’ve done. Printmaking is a wonderful medium to play with, and there are hundreds of ways to create the plates, ink them, and print them. It’s a never ending adventure and I bet you’ll be hooked once you try it!
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Pulling a collagraph print from a sheet of mat board covered with cut construction paper, sealed and inked intaglio style.
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