October 2017: I haven’t done any serious collographs yet as I did not have anyway of printing them. Now that I have access to a print studio I will start working on this wonderful method of printmaking.
March 2017: Everything I do at this stage of my printmaking seems to be experimental! which is a nice way of saying it’s hit and miss largely! I need to plan a print from beginning to end. I went to Intaglio yesterday and bought feathers, green ink, some lovely Zerkall paper and a new baren.
23 March: Glue Prints
I have just made a quick glue print using pva squeezed onto daler board with acrylic gel medium brushed on for dark areas. I will let it dry overnight and in the morning seal the plate with two coats of shellac (golden). the glue definitely provides a surface, almost a painterly type of surface, but it prints light.
11th March 2017: My collagraph plate (see below) dried overnight, however pva is not strong and you really need to finally coat a collograph with 2 coats of shellac
I tried to print using rolled up scourer to apply the ink in the same way that ink is applied when printing etchings – using a thick plastic square to apply the oil based ink, but that produced a very faint print, albeit the paper was too thick for this type of printing, a kind of Fabriano 120 gsm, anyway too thick.
So I changed tack and used a thin hand made paper which you can buy on huge rolls in Falkiners – and not expensive, it has a nice biscuit colour and is smooth on one side and rough the other I will put a sample in my sketchbook for reference.
This paper produced a nice ghostly print but this time I rolled on the ink rather than apply it and used a baren and hand pressure for printing.
10th March 2017: I took a photograph of our balcony with its grasses, pots and large stones and made a preliminary sketch on the grey board backing. I used various media for the image:
- leaves and dried grass
- different papers
- tin foil
- masking tape
- cutting into the board
- indian rough paper
I used lots of pva glue to attach the items and coated the whole plate with pva. I will now leave it to dry overnight and print it tomorrow