Collagraphs

by maggie

We started the second half of there term with collagraphs. This is a relatively new technique in the history of printing and could be summed up as, printing with anything that stays still enough to be glued down.

First of all we used polycarbonate as the plate and fixed things to that. It’s quick and waterproof.

this is a test plate. I have stuck down various tapes. Starting from the top; earth colour electrical tape, insulating, collate, cloth backed, packing, masking (dark) more duck; then various mat and shiny narrow tapes >10mm at bottom plumbers emergency tape and crafty tape.

this is a test plate. I have stuck down various tapes. Starting from the top; earth colour electrical tape, insulating, collate, cloth backed, packing, masking (dark) more duck; then various mat and shiny narrow tapes >10mm at bottom plumbers emergency tape and crafty tape.

 

you might recognise this plate. I've added tape, stickers, foam shapes and wire as well as coloured inks. More experimentation

you might recognise this plate. I’ve added tape, stickers, foam shapes and wire as well as coloured inks. More experimentation

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this image is some kind of hybrid of dry point and collagraph. The back ground is made by pressing coarse sand paper into the polycarbonate plate. The round objects are layers of vinyl and plumbers emergency tape. Ink is copper colour with a little black at the ends

this image is some kind of hybrid of dry point and collagraph. The back ground is made by pressing coarse sand paper into the polycarbonate plate. The round objects are layers of vinyl and plumbers emergency tape. Ink is copper colour with a little black at the ends

Then we had homework. A week to make the more typical type of collagraphs from card, sealed with button polish. I’ve made collagraphs from card in the past. Here are some of my images from 2008-9.

This is one of my favourite images. It's tiny less than 2 inches square

This is one of my favourite images. It’s tiny less than 2 inches square

 

MER

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