The art room at Leicester High School is a hub of creativity fully equipped with a wide range of resources allowing students the opportunity to experiment and develop their skills. This blog is not only a further resource for students but also an opportunity to celebrate their successes in a more public forum.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Collagraph printing

The Year 12 AS art and design girls had a go on the new etching press today. They all produced their first ever collagraph print, which they will freely admit was harder than it looked!

Collagraphy is a printmaking process in which materials are applied to a rigid surface (such as paperboard or wood). The word is derived from the Greek word koll or kolla, meaning glue and graph, meaning the activity of drawing.Substances such as carborundum, acrylic texture mediums, sandpapers, string, cut card, leaves and grasses can all be used in creating the collograph plate.

The plate can be intaglio-inked, inked with a roller or paintbrush. Ink or pigment is applied to the collage, and the board is used to print onto paper or another material using either a printing press or various hand tools. The resulting print is termed a collagraph

(The year 12 project is based on 'Collections' and they are taking
their inspiration from clothes, hence the underwear!)

Different tonal effects and vibrant colours can be achieved with the technique due to the depth of relief and differential inking that results from the collagraph plate's highly textured surface. Collagraphy is a very open printmaking method. Ink may be applied to the upper surfaces of the plate with a brayer for a relief print, or ink may be applied to the entire board and then removed from the upper surfaces but remain in the spaces between objects, resulting in an intaglio print. A combination of both intaglio and relief methods may also be employed.

The new Hawthorn 405 etching press in action

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