Making a Glue Collagraph Print


Plotting a Course 6.5 x 4.25 Glue Collagraph ghost print with watercolor

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Plotting a Course is a glue collagraph ghost (the process shots begin at the bottom of this post) with watercolor. The reference image (seen below) was snapped in the early 80’s, showing my step dad TC sitting in the cockpit of his Cape Dory sailboat, studying a paper chart (slated to cease production in favor of digital charts).  The subject is someone near and dear to me, but I also like the geometry of the marina and boat parts around him. There isn’t a discernible boat in the composition, but if you’ve been around boats at all (have you?), the lines, sailcloth and canvas dodger hint at a nautical environment.


The finished piece above started like this: a ghost print collagraph




After a trip through the etching press, pulling the collagraph. This was the first print pulled. You can see that there’s still ink on the plate, so I laid a second sheet of soaked & blotted printmaking paper against the plate, and ran it through the press again to create the ghost print.


Inking the plate with a brayer, and with rolled felt daubers, also called a la poupee


Drawing on matboard with glue
I’m thinking about making a demo video of this glue collagraph process on my YouTube channel. Are you interested in seeing the step-by-step process in motion?
Let me know in the comments, and leave any other questions you have about making a glue collagraph.
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Art Quote
Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.
~Henry David Thorough (1817-1862)

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8 Responses to Making a Glue Collagraph Print

  1. Jean 02/26/2019 at 7:11 am #

    It’s end of February 2019. I will check your YouTube Channel for this method. I’m sure I’ll be interested in what ever you have posted there. Beautiful quote by HT – thank you!

    • Belinda DelPesco 02/26/2019 at 7:17 am #

      Hi Jean, Thanks for the feedback and interest on this collagraph method. There is no glue collagraph tutorial video on my channel yet. More shooting and editing to do, related to the mistakes I made – and then a narration/voice over to record/edit. It’s in process though!

  2. LORETTA SMITHERMAN 04/08/2017 at 5:42 pm #

    Hi Belinda. I know little about art and would love to see a video of the process.

  3. Barbara Muir 02/01/2014 at 5:53 pm #

    Love this, and the quote, which I’ll tell my writing students. Wonderful.

    You amaze me.

    XOXOXOXO Barbara

  4. Tricia 01/31/2014 at 3:23 pm #

    Yes please! Would love to see a video. What printing inks do you use when you plan to use watercolour paints?

  5. Anonymous 01/30/2014 at 6:53 am #

    I would love to see a video of the making of a glue collograph!!! Please!!
    Missy from the bayou

  6. Sonia 01/30/2014 at 2:17 am #

    Yes please. Your step by step pictures are always helpful, but a video would be great. Thank you for your sharing.

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