Tag Archives: Collagraphs

Gel plate collagraph printing

I recently read an article describing the technique of pressing collagraph plates into an inked gelli plate surface, followed by pulling the print from the gelli plate – not the collagraph. In essence, a transfer print. My normal printing routine … Continue reading

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Docking Station collagraph: Connectivity project

This week I created a new collagraph plate using an idea that has been floating around in my head for a while now. I’m a bit of a fan of science fiction and fantasy films.  I’ve always liked images of … Continue reading

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More Collagraphs: Connectivity project

I’ve revisited a few of my favourite old collagraph plates and reprinted them as part of my ongoing Connectivity project. I’ve always enjoyed jigsaws and these prints are made from a selection of small collagraph plates abutted to create that … Continue reading

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Collagraph printing: Connectivity project

I haven’t posted any of my prints for a while.  With a new tutor in the studio, an introduction to different ink-related mediums, and a new array of printing advice/guidance, it’s taken me a while to find my feet and … Continue reading

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New Japanese stab bound book

With much of my home under tarpaulins whilst we renovate, I’ve scant access to my printing, paper-making and book-making materials but managed to rustle up a set of old collagraph plates to re-use last week. With a book project in … Continue reading

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2019 04 02 Image of the week

Other World series. Not the greatest picture but they are hanging in a partially shaded area on a narrow wall, so it’s the best I can do.  Better photos of the individual pieces can be seen in earlier posts. That … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise – collagraph abstraction

I’ve moved away from the source book I was using for my exercises and am following my own direction.  The book helped a lot when I was a bit lacking in creativity but now I’m back up and running I’ve … Continue reading

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Collagraph prints: Other World – final print plate

This plate has printed with excellent definition.  If you read my last blog post you will appreciate the beauty of the marks but the boring outcome of the overall plate. For those of you learning about collagraphs this demonstrates how … Continue reading

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Collagraph tutorial – part 2

I’ve now printed the final plate for my Other World series which I prepared and wrote about on March 11th and it’s come out very well, but there is a point I wish to stress about this kind of printing … Continue reading

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Collagraph prints: Other World – initial selection

Very pleased with how some of my prints have been coming out.  A few more to go, and a new plate yet to print, so I have a choice of which ones I’ll use for my final selection. Like the … Continue reading

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Design Play: Exercise 5 – Textures – Part 3

‘Other World’ Print Plates In my post of 16th February I created my first 3 collagraph print plates for this series + 2 masks.  Here are plates 6 & 7, the final ones for this body of work. PLATE 6 … Continue reading

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Collagraph tutorial

Today I’m reviewing collagraph printing and how to get a variety of effects.  This is both for my own reminder and as a permanent record I can refer to in the future.  If it’s useful for anyone else than that … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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A little collagraph printing

Even though my Linear Containment book was fully completed and assembled earlier in the year I still have an itch to print the final plate in a different colourway and then perhaps stitch into it. The original print looked like … Continue reading

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Linear Containment: Book assembled

For anyone following my Linear Containment theme over the last 6 months or so (which evolved from earlier prints in 2017) it might seem I would never get my work into some sort of final project, but you would be … Continue reading

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Printing the new plate

Further to my last post, where I started creating my new collagraph plate (without the large cut away areas), once the Mod Podge solution dried I slashed into the plate surface, glued on some thin cardboard shapes and added some … Continue reading

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Printing collagraphs: The next stage

In my last post I talked about the necessity of understanding the type of paper you’re using to print on, depending on the print method.  So, seeing as I still need a few prints on lightweight paper, and I’m using … Continue reading

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The four ‘P’s of Printing

Loving my latest printing project although all is not going to plan.  But isn’t that the beauty of printing?  The serendipity of result when peeling back the printed sheet from the print plate?  The unexpected joy or frustration at seeing … Continue reading

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Continuing printing collagraphs

I’ve managed to squeeze in enough time for another couple of prints in my collagraph series.  So far I’ve done 2 trials (posted here) and here are the next 2: Trial 3: Trial 4: So much better ink coverage than … Continue reading

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Drawing challenge over! Moving on ……

OK, so I only managed to draw on 10 out of 28 days in February.  I should be feeling like a failure, but I’m not.  This is more drawing in a month than ever before, so I’m at least on … Continue reading

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Carborundum & Drypoint Printing: Experimentation

In September I did a marvellous 2 day workshop with Brenda Tye and produced a collagraph plate (and print) I was very happy with (amongst a few others I wasn’t so keen on). This was my initial print: Since then … Continue reading

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Printing: Collagraphs

A couple of years ago I did an amazing collagraph workshop with Jet James.  Read more about it and see some of my prints here. Time has passed and I’ve done many more things since then but I’ve always had … Continue reading

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Tree theme: Collagraph Plate 1

Recently I spent a day photographing trees and plants in the botanic gardens.  I’m contributing to an exhibition to be hosted in the gardens in June and wanted to get a feel for the area.  Although I’ve spent many years … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 12: The printed collagraph

Theme 1: Warm colour scheme Using my previous colour trials as a start point I chose scarlet red, sepia and chrome yellow, along with neutral grey, as my colour palette.  The yellow is an oil paint rather than an ink … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 12: Representational collatype plate

Making the print plate I’ve spent the last week creating my retro 1950s living room collagraph plate and it’s been great fun.  Coming from a model-making background means that I enjoy messing around with small components and putting them together … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 12: Representational collatype collage prints

Creating a design The aim is to produce a coherent representational collagraphic image using some of the techniques learned in project 11.  I’ve spent the last 2 weeks considering my subject matter and design. My start point came from the … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 11: Multicoloured collage block

This part of the project asks us to produce collagraphs in more than one colour. The manual outlines rolling over selected areas of your print plate with different colours.  I also had a go at printing on different coloured papers … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 11: Research. Grace Bentley-Scheck

I came across Grace Bentley-Scheck whilst looking at another artist and was staggered by her collagraph images.  Everything in collagraphs seems to shout ‘simplification’ and ‘stylization’ to me, and even the course manual talks about simplifying imagery to produce it … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 11: Printing the collatype collage block

Single colour prints. Plate 1: The first plate I used was the embossed PVC plastic.  This has been made using the reverse of the method asked for by the course manual and is a personal experiment.  Instead of adhering items … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 11: Making a test collage block

The initial step for this project asks us to create a 16 section collage block using a variety of items with different surfaces, shapes and textures. BLOCK 1: This  is on a base of 4mm PVC foamex board.  Some of … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 11: Research. Brenda Hartill

A couple of weeks ago in anticipation of starting the collagraph section of my course I opened the recommended textbook (for this section) for the first time.  I haven’t put it down since.  I was immediately struck by the organic … Continue reading

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Print 1. Project 11: Research. Jet James (Part 2)

Having been born to drug-addled parents living a life of instability and unpredictability, due to a set of extreme circumstances  Jet James found himself an orphan at 8 years old. He was taken from Perth (Australia) to live in some … Continue reading

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Experimental Collagraphs Workshop

Jet James workshop and research A couple of weeks ago I attended an experimental collagraph workshop with Queensland artist Jet James.  My first impression of him was how seemingly shy and unassuming he is.  A quiet, organised, unhurried man, working … Continue reading

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