Collagraph using Recycled Cardboard Printed Intaglio Style without a Press
While we were all staying in, I posted a series of printmaking experiments using common items from around the house. I never posted this one – a Collagraph using Recycled Cardboard Printed Intaglio Style without a Press.
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Here is everything you'll need to make an art print from a tissue box, without using a printing press. In the blog post where I shared some of the process images to make this print - keep in mond that you can also use a recycled box from crackers, cereal, cookies, etc. Whatever is in your pantry, made from cardboard, and appears to be stiff and sturdy.
I used a round ruler template to mark and cut the corners off the tissue box once I snipped it into a workable square. Rounded corners are an fun option, so I use these rulers on printmaking plates for that purpose often.
This is my Go-To, water wash up sealer for making collagraph plates when the base is made from paper (mat board or tissue box or TteraPak, etc.) Two thin coats will seal the front, back and edges from moisture, modifiers and inks, and it cleans up easily. (Don't forget to seal the cardboard again *after* you use your scribing needle to incise grooves in the material.)
This brand of printmaking inks is one of my newly discovered favorites. It's richly pigmented, buttery smooth, wipes well, and transfers from plate to paper beautifully. It dries permanent, so you can paint over the ink with wet media, but the ink clean up is done with soap and water - no solvents necessary.
This stainless steel twisted scribe is the only etching tool you'll ever need to make incised line collagraphs, drypoint engravings or etchings. The tip can be sharpened again and again. In the post associated with this list, I'm using the same tool, but it has a cork handle.
A good pair of stainless scissors is helpful to get clean edges when you're snipping cardboard from cereal or tissue boxes, or even clear platic from produce containers if you're making monotype or drypoint prints.
I used a bic extra bold (which just means it has a thicker tip) ball point pen to draw on the tissue box. The lines in the drawing were basically a map for me to trace over with a scribing needle, which created grooves in the cardboard that will hold and print ink.
This scrim, or tarlatan, or wiping fabric (so many names), is softer than traditional starched tarlatan, but I find that it's subtle flexibility allows for more precision in targeted wiping. And since I only use it with water-wash-up inks, I wash the cloth with grease cutting dish soap after about every 10th use, and hang it to dry, and use it over and over and over again.
THIS little goodie was a total experiment for transferring prints without a press, and it's been great! The stainless surface is hard enough to really push soaked or spritzed and blotted printmaking paper into the inked grooves of a plate to collect ink and transfer the image.
If you need to soften your printmaking paper to help convince it to reach down into the inked grooves and incised lines of your printmaking plate, but you don't want to soak the entire sheet of paper, this atomizer sprays a fine mist to relax the cotton or rag pulp in the paper. Just before printing, spritz rhe printable surface, blot with a paper towel or a lint-free rag, and print immediately.
If you decide to paint your finished prints with watercolors, this set of 36 colors should provide you with great pigment playtime. You can paint each of your prints in the same colorway, or switch it up and paint each print differently. Watercolor paint brushes recommended (also in this list).
2 thoughts on “Collagraph using Recycled Cardboard Printed Intaglio Style without a Press”
Thank you so much for this! I couldn’t follow a book on the subject but you got through! Thank you!
Belinda, this is a lovely piece. But I always thought that collagraphs are built up? I guess I’m wrong.
Thanks for the information.