Nude Figurative Portrait Collagraph Print
This nude figurative collagraph print was part of a series of carborundum tests I experimented with over the summer. More on the carborundum test results in a later post. [Subscribe to this blog here.]
Adding Carborundum Grit to a Collagraph Plate
Adding loose sandpaper grit (carborundum) to acrylic varnish on a mat board collagraph plate will create areas of texture to hold intaglio ink, even after wiping the plate.
Carborundum can be sprinkled onto wet acrylic varnish (see photo above), or mixed with the varnish in advance and applied while still wet to the plate.
Ink stays embedded in the mini-crevices around the grit – so those sand-paper-textured hills and valleys will print concentrated, rich inks, even after wiping the plate intaglio style.
Carborundum Gel for Intaglio Printmaking
Instead of using loose carborundum powder mixed by hand in the studio with an acrylic varnish, you can purchase carborundum gel, made by Akua. (<—-Here is a link to it on Amazon)
A jar of carborundum gel is *super* convenient to use (I’ve tried so many carborundum methods, and this one is excellent) because there’s no mess with loose carborundum grit everywhere.
Also, the gel to carborundum ratio is consistent with each application, which gives you predictability in your values.
Plus, the gel is viscous enough to keep the grit suspended, and evenly distributed in the base for simple application with a dipped brush or scraper.
That means you can apply the grit to the plate in thin layers to control the darks on your collagraph print. A single layer gives a little grit. Multiple layers will accumulate enough grit to print in rich dark pigments. (I’ll share my test swatches on this process in a future post.)
Related Collagraph Posts
If you have any questions or comments about making a figurative collagraph print using carborundum gel, leave me a note in the comments, and I’ll get right back to you.
In the meantime, thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you in the next post –
P.S. Watch Susan Rostow demonstrate the use of carborundum gel to make a mezzotype in this tutorial video.
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