Collagraph & Watercolor: Sing

Sing 6.5 x 4.75 Collagraph and Watercolor (Edition of 30)
Available for sale here.

I have a pile of email requests from folks I met last month at the San Diego show, and blog-readers - for more images on the collagraph process (If you're researching it online, it's also spelled collograph). You'll find additional work in process shots here and here.

Cutting shapes for the plate; the color and pattern on the paper doesn't affect the print (unless the paper is textured), but I like looking at it. The grass and sky are from scrap book pads, and the tree was cut out of a print I made of one of my watercolors. The rest is construction paper. The base is a piece of matboard, coated with gloss medium & varnish first.

After several layers of Liquitex gloss medium & varnish, I'm letting things dry before adding the bird. Just before pulling the first print, I dusted the whole plate - front & back - with talcum powder and ran it through the press. It flattens all the air bubbles under the paper, and the powder gets pushed into any sneaky, still-wet crevices of varnish.

Using a bondo scraper to push Daniel Smith bone black oil-based etching ink over the plate.

Using tarlatan cloth to buff the surface, and leave ink accumulated against the curbs of the paper.

Laying a sheet of soaked & blotted Rives BFK printmaking paper on the plate.

After a trip through the press, pulling the first print.

The print next to the plate. As soon as it's dry, you can play with watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, etc. Try it!


drb said...

Thanks again for the detailed instruction. I am going to try it, too!

dinahmow said...

Excellent talc tip! Thankyou.

Katherine said...

Another great post Belinda!

Diane Cutter said...

Thanks again, Belinda, for your generous tips! The talc is brilliant!

Nancy Van Blaricom said...

Very tempting now not to give this a try. You make it look so fun.

carla said...

I have always wanted to try making a collograph! This is really beautiful. I love the subject and the texture.

janey said...

Wonderful stuff.You'd make a great teacher.

Janice said...

Thanks.. I posted a process blog this week too... Im going to try this.... It turned into a beautiful piece.. !