COLLAGRAPH

Tones, textures, and lines in relief and intaglio

with inexpensive materials and without any etching!

The word is derived from the Greek word koll or kolla, meaning glue, and graph, meaning the activity of drawing. Printing ink can sit either above or below the surface of your plate, so think about the topography of your plate - like a topographical map or landscape - as you make the plate and print it.

 
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"How to Make a Collagraph in Four Steps," Anna Curtius

"I'm fascinated by the unpredictability of collagraph printing. Depending on which materials you use and the inking process, the result can turn out very differently than expected. Which, of course, can be frustrating at times, nevertheless I keep coming back to it again and again. The word collagraphy is derived from the Greek words koll or kolla, which mean glue, and graph which means drawing. And that pretty much sums up the technique, to create a drawing by glueing."

Transferring an image to your block

An intro to an easy image layout process for relief printmaking (woodcut or linocut), whether you're using a photographic or hand-drawn reference images.


Susanna Crum, 2020.

Collagraph Relief Printing - Intro to Materials

A brief introduction to the tools and materials necessary for a home studio printing setup, without a press. Covers water-miscible inks like Akua, as well as kozo paper, blades, rulers, ink knives, and rolling ink onto a brayer.

 

Susanna Crum, 2020.

Collagraph - Making and Sealing a Plate

Using 8" x 10" mat board to make a collagraph with grit, glue, and found materials. Covers aspects of making a collagraph plate before the printing process, including transferring an image with transfer paper.

Susanna Crum, 2020.

Print From Anywhere: Collagraph -Printing Relief Without A Press

Susanna Crum, 2020.

Print From Anywhere: Collagraph Intaglio and Combo Relief/Intaglio

Process of printing a collagraph plate with 2 inking techniques: intaglio (ink applied to the low points, under the surface) and combination (intaglio plus relief inking for a two-color print).

 

Susanna Crum, 2020.

How to print a collagraph plate without a press

Artist and short course tutor Vicky Oldfield demonstrates how to print without a press so you can create artworks with your existing collagraph plates at home.

 

Vicky Oldfield, 2020.

How to Make a Collagraph Print (with Mat Board - Intaglio) without a Press

This is a beginner to intermediate demonstration of how to set up, carve, seal, ink, wipe, and print a mat board collagraph without a press. Collagraphs can be printed relief style, or intaglio - and this one prints from the recessed line work carved in a narrow channel out of the very top surface of the plate. This tutorial is also a demo of challenging vs successful effects of different papers while hand printing.

On her website, the artist provides good photos of her process making the plate.

 

Belinda Del Pesco, 2014.

MAKING A COLLAGRAPH PLATE

Here is a nice step-by-step tutorial on adding a variety of liquid and found materials to your plate.

Handprinted UK, 2017.

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Making a Collagraph Plate 

Making a collagraph plate with glue and carborundum grit.

 

Vicky Oldfield, 2020.

Collagraph Development and Printing

One example of a collagraph created as a demonstration for Tyrus Clutter's Printmaking I class at the College of Central Florida. Examines how to build up a collage-based plate and print in both relief and intaglio. 

 

Tyrus Clutter, 2013.

How To Print a Mat Board Collagraph Two ways: a La Poupée in Full-color and Single-color

This video is a quick tutorial about two inking methods - one multi-color (à la poupée), and one single color (intaglio) - that you can use to print a mat board collagraph.

Belinda Del Pesco, 2014.

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"A Fresh Direction for Printmaking"

Hyperallergic, Nov 30, 2019

John Yao

 

"One of the processes used by Amos to mark  the felt is collagraph, a form of printmaking that can be done without a press. In a collagraph, the artist affixes different materials to a rigid substrate, which is then inked and printed. The other process is hand stitching, essentially drawing with thread. Her stitches are basic – dots and dashes – but the patterns and lines are rich and varied. Together, the collagraphy and the stitching function as Amos’s way of drawing, with each process embodying a different sense of time’s passing."

IN CONTEMPORARY ART

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Eunice Kim

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Belkis Ayon

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Elize De Beer

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Mariana Oliveira

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Akiko Taniguchi

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Clare Phelan

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Muhammad Abrar

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Clare Edge

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Jenny Robinson

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Lara Di Virgilio