Collagraph & Watercolor: Morocco

Morocco, 4.7 x 6.8 Collograph & Watercolor
Available on Ebay.
Using kid-grade construction paper, matboard & gloss medium varnish to build the plate. After coating the plate with a thin layer of oil based etching ink (Daniel Smith), I’ve wiped most of the ink off with tarlatan cloth. Master printmaker Jim Lorigan shared this tip: after wiping the plate with the tarlatan, wrap the cloth with one sheet of thin newsprint or a phone book page to create a baren. It works great for buffing textures on the flat planes of the plate. Pulling the first print off the plate after going through the press.
The print next to the plate. Adding watercolor to the print.

11 thoughts on “Collagraph & Watercolor: Morocco”

  1. THanks you !! I made my first collograph but used water based oil paint (it was all I had lying around!) Now I know what to get.

  2. I love this method and really want to try my hand at it. A few questions though. After laying down the construction paper you coat with varnish. When did you apply the floor and other textures? and how? It looks like you sorta carved into the layer of varnish.

    Nice work as usual!

  3. Belinda, I’m fascinated by the collograph process! It looks like the collages that you use for the prints are pieces of artwork themselves, though. 🙂
    If you use a good quality varnish, are you able to use the collage multiple times to get a print?

    Your blog is not only a thing of beauty, it always inspires me to try something new. I love the step-by-steps — they are so valuable to those of us who are still learning. Thanks for spending the time to show us this process!

  4. Awesome. Thank you so much for all your little demos here. You sure have peaked my interest in making monotypes and other printing methods.

  5. Kid grade? KID GRADE???

    You’ve restorted to slaughtering baby goats?

    Maybe it’s for art’s sake, but to my mind, it smells of a cheap attempt to provoke a PETA action, purely to generate publicity.

  6. This is stunning, Belinda. All your coolographs have just been wonderful and, again, I appreciate the step-by-step photos; thanks!

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