How To Make Collagraphs


Collagraphy is way of making prints from carboard and mixed media. Then these plates are printed on good quality hand made paper with traditional inks. While nearly any media could be used to make a collagraphy plate so long as it wouldn’t damage the press we are going to concentrate on a process passed on to me by Charles Shearer.

  1. Our plates are made from a display board from “The Orcadian Office” in Hatston. It has a satin finish.
  2. If we cut it with a knife or score it with a sharp different lines are made.
  3. Cut round shapes and pull the satin paper off.
  4. This reveals a rougher surface that will print darker when inked up.
  1. Grey card offers different possibilities
  1. P.V.A. Glue can be used to make other kinds of textures, glue on tea leaves or carbonundrum or potter’s grog. More painterly tones.
  1. Beville the edges of the cardboard so that it goes through the press more easily
  1. After all gluing has dried the plates are primed with shellac. ( Shellac can be bought from E-bay in crysaline form and dissolves in meths . This is cheaper than buying it in solution. In solution it is available at all hardware stores)
  1. You can glue with shellac. But really if possible finish gluing with P.V.A before priming with shellac.
  1. 10.  The plates are quite fragile and can be over varnished
  1. 11.  Give the plate 20 mins before inking it up.

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