Module 5: Collograph

6th April:  Bark prints and a feather These images are not what I was looking for!  and just go to prove you need to plan carefully before you start printing:

  • Colour palette
  • composition
  • How many shapes in all
  • What media to use
  • size

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 – the most unfriendly shop in London by the way!  and bought feathers, green ink, some lovely Zerkall paper and a new baren.

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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.

Prussian blue and a little yellow

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

collograph plate on grey mill board