Tip 8: the simplest techniques have infinite possibilities!

Seagull, intaglio collagraph by Laurie Ridling

Wanderer, intaglio collagraph by Laurie Ridling

Collagraphs are often associated with macaroni and string prints – the stuff we did at kindergarten.  But they are so much more than that!

Wolf, relief collagraph by ttlyunpopular

Wolf, relief collagraph by ttlyunpopular

ttlyunpopular of Deviantart.com explained how this was done:

“A lot of the fur on the back was created by cutting grooves into the card at a slight angle on one side and harsh angle on the other. I added some textured squishy wall paper to the hind legs. I stuck a few pieces of card on top like under the chin. Finally I used Shellac to coat the thing and make it waterproof. I also used it thickly to create that brushed texture throughout the print. Then I rolled loads of oil based ink with these rollers you can buy at art store (I was gonna buy one but I had no money :(), pressing down really hard. I put this one through an electric printing press, but I assume you can do it manually, if you applied a lot of pressure, maybe left it for a while.”

And here are some of the collagraphs produced at a recent workshop I gave at the Hahndorf Academy, by people who’d never done any serious printmaking before.

Snowman collagraph by Bodil Creasey

Snowman collagraph by Bodil Creasey

Apple, relief collagraph by Sarah

Apple, relief collagraph by Sarah

Looking Out, collagraph by Glenda

Looking Out, collagraph by Glenda

The picture at the top by Laurie Ridling is produced by the intaglio method, like an etching, and has to be printed in an etching press, but the materials used for the plate, just like the other collagraphs on this page, are simple: card, textured materials and glue.

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