Chine collé

by maggie

Chine Collé is a printing technique that adds colour to a print without having coloured inks. Thin paper is sandwiched between the plate and the more heavier weight paper typical to print making. Here are some experiments with the first two starcharts.

The thin papers have to be spread with glues and then when it’s tacky transferred to the plate glue side up. Different weight papers with dry at different speeds. this print has lots of different papers in it to see what the results are like. If I had smaller plates I could stick to one paper type at a time. I know this print looks bad, but it’s research. the white ink isn’t so bright because I hadn’t cleaned the plates before hand. Tut tut.

starchart#1 with a mixture of papers tissue,origami paper, lokha, japanese and chinese paper

starchart#1 with a mixture of papers tissue,origami paper, lokha, japanese and chinese paper

starchart#2 with white ink and dark blue lokha paper

starchart#2 with white ink and dark blue lokha paper

Star chart #2 looks much happier because it’s more consistent. However I didn’t let the lake paper dry long enough after I had applied the wheat paste, so fibres on the surface lifted in some place where there was lots of CaSi.

MER

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