Collagraph

Can You add Watercolor to Collagraph Prints? Yes, you can, as long as the ink you used to print your collagraph dries permanent, and the paper you printed it on can handle wet media. (Here’s a post that covers the caveats of wet media on ink and printmaking papers.) (You can test a small swatch …

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Acrylic Gloss Varnish Sealer on Mat Board Collagraphs When you make a collagraph plate from mat board (also known as mount board), the front, back, and edges of the board should be sealed. Moisture from printmaking inks and modifiers would soak the mat board plate into cotton pulp. The sealed printable surface should be a …

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Make a Collagraph Print from Mat Board Have you made a collagraph print from mat board, and printed it in the a la toupee method, intaglio style? A La Poupée Inking After laying out ink colors (see above) I plan to use on the plate to print the edition, I’m using rolled felt daubers (or …

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Print a Collagraph Using a la Poupee for Full Color This is a mat board collagraph (also known as press board or mont board), printed in full color in one pass through the press. If you’ve never used the a la poupee method of inking your plate, I hope you’ll give it a go. Here …

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Making Art from Stuff at Home After printing drypoint etchings from recycled plastic food containers (see drypoints from plastic in this series), I’m experimenting with other household materials. In this post, a recycled paper food carton will be used to make a collagraph print. Let’s head into the kitchen! Printing Collagraphs with What You Have …

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Printing a Mat Board Collagraph in the Intaglio Style Collagraph printmaking can arise from something as simple as finding a small, recyclable scrap of mat board. On the way to the trash bin, I pivoted left to my work table, and made a quick sketch of my studio assistant, Scout. He was, as usual, napping …

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The Art of Wiping an Intaglio Plate Inking and wiping an intaglio print is almost an art. Watching a master printmaker ink and wipe an etching plate is similar to watching hands dance. The muscle memory of the printmaker’s hand movements is fluid and graceful, but deliberate. If you’re new to printmaking, it all looks …

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What is a Glue Collagraph? A glue collagraph is a printmaking plate made from a stiff base, like mat board, with a printable design applied to the board with dimensional glue. Here are some examples: Collagraphs are Chameleons of Printmaking Traditional collagraphs are often built in an additive process – with papers, fabric, thread or …

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How to Make a Collagraph Portrait Want a creative project to try at your kitchen table? Here’s how to make a collagraph print portrait, step by step. The collagraph examples in this post were all made from scrap mat board. Mat board is also known as mount board in England and passe-partout in France. You’ll …

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How to Make a Collagraph using Carborundum This collagraph was build on the back of a piece of mat board. Wanna build one too? (If you’re new around here, and you’ve never seen a mat board collagraph, here is a playlist of tutorials on my YouTube channel to help you get started.) Read on…. How …

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Experiments in the Art Studio Experiments in the studio are important, because that’s what we should be doing with art supplies, right?  We keep things fresh and full of wonder by pushing past our comfort zone in art-making. Testing new approaches shouldn’t scare you, because this is just art. If you mess up, you can …

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Making a Mat Board Collagraph Plate Let’s make a collagraph printmaking plate from a scrap piece of mat board! I’ve got some process photos, blog posts and video tutorials for you. To source the mat board, you can order it on amazon here, or visit your local art-framer. Ask if you can pilfer the scraps …

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Colored Pencils on a Collagraph of a Great Dane Colored pencils provide immediate, no fuss, easy-peasey art making on the fly. Even if you’re traveling, it doesn’t take much to pull out a handful of colored pencils and a sketchbook to make something fun and meditative. In lieu of a sketchbook, I worked on a …

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Checking In How are you doing this week? We’re all hiking through the woods together towards the end of the year.  This last stretch is equal parts lovely – because we spend time with people we love, and harried – because the To-Do list is three stories tall.  I’m a squirrel, searching for a magical …

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Making Art with Other People Make art more often by joining a group, taking a class or scheduling your creative time with fellow artists. A schedule makes you accountable, and anticipation from art-minded friends expecting you to show up can be the right kick in the pants to Get Things Done. So Many Artists tell me …

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Making Art Inspired by Life Happening Around You This mat board collagraph started as a doodle on a scrap piece of paper. You don’t have to look far to find Mat Board Collagraph Printmaking Design ideas. Your own life is full of them. I’m surrounded by young women with babies, meandering through different chapters of …

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Collagraph Printmaking Still Life from Mat Board I stayed at The Old Mill Inn – a Bed & Breakfast in Hatfield, Massachusetts a few years ago to attend a wedding. The Mill and the landscape around it is rich with painting and drawing inspiration, so I snapped reference photos as often as I blinked.   This little sink …

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What is a Collagraph? A collagraph is a type of printmaking, traditionally made from a collaged printmaking plate. If you’ve wondered how to make a collagraph – especially from mat board – here are the basic instructions, with a tutorial video! Shapes and textures are layered on a matrix or plate (usually metal, masonite or …

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I spent a few days this week hanging art, and unpacking the last parts of my studio that have been in boxes since moving from the desert to the coast over the summer. As much as I loved seeing those previously inaccessible art supplies, I also realized I haven’t missed some of them, and I’ve …

Collagraph: Morocco (& de-cluttering the art studio) Read More »

I’m matting and framing watercolors and printmaking for the Artwalk in San Diego’s Little Italy coming up in a little over two weeks. If you’re nearby, be sure to stop at my booth (#192) on Beech Street between Columbia and State to say hello. Every year, I meet a gaggle of bloggers and blog followers, and it’s …

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Let’s Make a Collagraph, Shall We? Here is one collagraph in an edition of seven, made from a mat board substrate, printed by hand with ink, and then treated with color using a variety of media; one with watercolor, another with charcoal, a bright and impressionistic version with oil pastel and the print above with …

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 I’ve posted a new video tutorial (below) on the process to print this line-style mat board collagraph, Harmony House.  Since folks have described challenges finding small pieces of mat board for this method of printmaking, I’ve cut a dozen 5×7 pieces and I’ll mail them (domestic only, please), first come, first served to the fastest …

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Collagraph Printing with Construction Paper The plate for this collagraph (see process shots below) was made from mat board and kid-grade construction paper. It was printed in a small edition of 5, intaglio style. If you’d like to see a tutorial video on making one of these collagraphs, visit my youtube channel.   Lots of …

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What is a Glue Collagraph? Plotting a Course is a glue collagraph ghost print. (The process shots begin at the bottom of this post) I’ve addedwatercolor to the ghost print after the ink dried. 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 …

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