Here is another method of making a collagraph with the inexpensive aluminum flashing tiles I talked about in a previous post. It's very simple and effective. The little movie included in this post illustrates it step by step, but here's a summary:
- Draw directly on the plate (aluminum flashing tile) with Elmer's glue, or a brush dipped in the glue.
- Shake carborundum grit over the wet glue.
- Tip the plate up to shake off excess grit.
- When the plate is dry, seal it with a layer of acrylic gloss medium (I realised after I made the movie that I missed out this step!).
- Use a brush or piece of card to drag ink across the plate. The carborundum grit holds the ink very well.
- Wipe away the excess ink using a piece of tarlatan.
- Place damp printmaking paper over the plate, then run it through the press.
If you're thinking of signing up for the Interlochen printmaking classes in the summer, this is one of the techniques that we may cover (if there's time!).
Summer classes at Interlochen
On how to make extremely inexpensive drypoints & collagraphs
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