Sunday, 7 February 2016

Exploring collagraph printing

It's amazing how much fun can be had with a piece of card, textured papers, etching ink and a mangle!
We used mount board as a base which was then coated both sides and edges with acrylic gloss varnish. This made it fairly waterproof and gave a good surface on which to add texture. A second coat of varnish was added once the design was complete
These are the plates that Ruth made using different textured papers. This was pure experimentation as we had no idea what results we would achieve as the mangle is obviously no where near as efficient as a proper printing press.

This was a first print from the top right plate in the previous photo. It took quite a bit of experimenting to work out how much of the etching ink needed to be wiped away. Obviously here there was quite a lot still left on the plate so it was possible to take another print without adding anymore ink. 

Sue's first attempt worked very well.
As did Ineke's. Pieces of lace and anaglypta wallpaper gave lovely results.
This is a selection of prints Helen made introducing some colour to some delicate designs.
On the whole we were very pleased with the results and I'm sure that now we know how we need to make the plates to achieve good prints, there will be a lot more mangling going on!

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