Design Play: Exercise 5 – Textures – Part 2

‘Other World’ Print Plates

In my post of 18th January I looked at both internal and external textures with a view to planning my Other World project print plates.  The aim is to produce several small prints to be mounted as a set for my husband who loves space travel, the idea of ‘out there’ and science fiction that might even become reality one day (frankly, I can’t wait for the era of ‘Beam me up, Scottie’).

So, if you’ve been following my blog recently you will see it slowly starting to come together.  I’ve created 3 collagraph plates and printing trials are underway.  Here’s a look at, and explanation of, each of the plates (for those printmakers amongst you).  If you’re not a printmaker, over the next few weeks you can enjoy trying to identify in which print each of the plates has been used.


Mountboard, scrim, cardstock, carborundum suspended in PVA glue, shellac sealant


Citrus peel soap (from Lush – everyone should try this!), rubber non-slip table covering, lacy curtains.


Mountboard, embossed paper filled with modelling paste to stop collapsing, scrim, fabric trim, modelling paste, masking tape, shellac sealant


Calendar photo, image of the week 14/1/2019.


Mountboard, burned Tyvek, thick modelling paste, shellac sealant


Top left, clockwise: polystyrene, rain droplets on fire grass, water drops on sink drainer, shallow water over rippled sand at the beach.

PLATES 4 & 5

Both plates: 400 grade sandpaper, light shellac sealant


An innovative way to make ‘aquatint’ solid print plates by using sealed sandpaper instead.


About Claire B

I am a passionate printmaker, paper maker and book artist. I'm a 'forever' student and frequently attend courses and workshops to extend and improve my creative skills.
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5 Responses to Design Play: Exercise 5 – Textures – Part 2

  1. kath says:

    some interesting outcomes there! I like Plate 2 – like an abstract landscape

  2. Pingback: Design Play: Exercise 5 – Textures – Part 3 | TactualTextiles

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