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Blind embossed stamps and chop marks

Blind embossed stamps and chop marks

It is not just the print studios who have their own embossed stamps, individual artists do too. If its good enough for Picassso its good enough for us curious printmakers as well!

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Burning collagraph plates

Burning collagraph plates

Burning collagraph plates introduces exciting random and organic methods to your platemaking. I love this technique as you give up a certain amount of control and allow your materials to guide your creative process.

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Printing collagraphs on textiles

Printing collagraphs on textiles

A different approach to fabric printing
Traditional fabric printing is usually a relief process (think potato prints or block prints) or else it is screen printed. For collagraphs we will be using intaglio and relief methods combined to produce complex detailed and textured prints.

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Using mica for printmaking

Using mica for printmaking

It is a well known fact that we humans love shiny things. Mica has provided us with glitz since prehistoric times, so if you use mica in your printmaking you are...

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Cast Latex Printing Plates

Cast Latex Printing Plates

This is the best thing I have found so far for taking impressions of textures from 3d objects and then printing them directly. Latex picks up precise fine details, moulds round contoured shapes and stretches out flat. The thin rubber plate takes intaglio and relief ink and you can print it with or without a press.

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Improve your collagraph prints with white ink

Improve your collagraph prints with white ink

White ink has an interesting effect on your collagraph prints
It is hard to say exactly what has happened, but there is a distinct and positive improvement in the print, a bit like the way someone looks when they come back from holiday. Your print has more substance, more energy, and more clarity.

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